Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Checklist for building Free Core Server 2012 and your first VM

Checklist to install free core server 2012, configure the vhost and build your first VM

Build your hardware, enable Virtualization in the BIOS
Download the Free hyper-v server file named "HyperV_Server_2012_FREE.ISO"
Burn your ISO to a DVD
Boot to the DVD
Choose the language and such then click “Next”:
Click “Install Now”
Choose Core = Free, op one
Agree to the Licensing terms, check the box for “I Accept…” and click “Next”:
Choose  “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)":
  If you want to partition the drive click on “Drive Options (advanced)" otherwise click “Next”:
You should now be at the screen where the installation takes place. This takes some time.
Once the server has booted up you will need to provide the default Adminstrator account with a proper password. Click “OK” enter a password twice and then proceed:
Then you will be greeted by SConfig (PS if you accidentally close the SConfig box you can type Sconfig in the DOS prompt and it should load, if not then type logoff in the DOS prompt and you will need to log in again but SConfig will be there for you.)

Choose Option 4 to Configure Remote Management:
a. Enter Selection: 1 to Enable Remote Management
b. Enter Selection: 3 to Allow Remote Machines to Ping server.
Click Yes.

Enter Selection: 4 to Return to Main Menu.
Choose Option 7 to configure Remote Desktop Settings.
a. Type E for (E)nable and press Enter.
b. Enter Selection: 2 to allow any version of Remote Desktop to connect.
You will be returned to the Main Menu.

Choose Option 9 to open the Date and Time GUI.
a. Configure the date and time as you would Server 2008 R2
You will be returned to the Main Menu.

Choose Option 8 to configure Network Settings.
a. It will only list the NICs that are connected to a network.
b. Select the Index# for the adapter you want to configure:
c. You will be shown Current Settings.
Select Option 1 to enter IP Address.
a. Enter S for (S)tatic IP address and press Enter.
b. Enter the new IP Address and press Enter.
c. Press Enter again to accept the default Subnet of /24.
d. Enter the new Static Gateway IP and press Enter.
You will be returned to the Network Adapter Settings Menu.

Select Option 2 to enter DNS IP Addresses.
a. Set the Preferred DNS server IP and press Enter.
 You will get a confirmation Popup. Press OK to continue.
b. Set the Alternate DNS server IP and press Enter.
 You will get a confirmation Popup. Press OK to continue..
You will be returned to the Network Adapter Settings Menu.
c. Select Option 4 to Return to the Main Menu.

In the black CMD/DOS window that is opened by default, type the following in to configure some standard settings: (these are ones I use and recommend) PS no need to install .Net 4.0 as it is already part of the base install.

:Disable TCPChimney
netsh int tcp set global chimney=disabled

:Disable Firewall
netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off
NOTE: This will allow to RDP and map drives as the firewall is on by default and will prevent you from doing anything remotely until you either turn it off or put in exceptions. I opt to turn it off because I have hardware firewalls.

:Install SNMP-Services (only neeed if you plan on monitoring your VHOST with some monitoring software)
powershell.exe -command "Add-WindowsFeature SNMP-Service"

Choose Option 2 to configure Server Hostname
a. Enter the VHOST hostname and press Enter.
b. You will be prompted to Reboot the server. Click Yes.

ADD THE VHOST TO THE DOMAIN… Not really Needed, but I will show you how.
1. Form the console use the SConfig window.
2. Select Option 1 to Join the VHOST to a Domain.
a. Press D for (D)omain
b. Type the Full Domain and press Enter.
c. Type the Domain Administrator User Name and press Enter.
d. Type the Domain Administrator Password and press Enter.
i. You will be prompted if you want to change the hostname. Click No.
ii. You will be prompted to Restart the machine. Click Yes.

Now you can map a drive to your vhost\\VHOSTname\C$ to get the downloaded and unzipped PSHVM files to your vhost that we are about to install.

Make a directory on the root of called C:\ISO and copy your installation OS -iso file into it
Make a directory on C:\virtualservers (if you setup a datastore dirve for the VM's just change the C: to D:
Copy the folder "PSHVM" that unzipped to C:\pshvm

RDP to the new VHOST

Now Use your DOS prompt and type C:\PSHVM\m.bat to load the Hyper-v Manger menu, choose OK next to the A43 File Manager. A43 if a file manager and has shortcuts in the bottom pane.

Browse to C:\PSHVM and then run the file named vcredist_x86.exe to install the runtime code so you can use the "VMConnect (RDP to VM's) Next you will need to choose the Powershell shortcut. When it opens you will need to type Set-ExecutionPolicy unrestricted and press Enter, answer Yes to allow the change. If you do not do either of these your RDP will not work and you will not be able to use the Hyper-v Manager ...which is why you are following this process.

To get the file manager to open at login you will need to use the regedit edit shortcut and add a string value to
HKLM\software\microsoft\windows\current version\run called file manager that points to c:\PSHVM\a43\a43.exe. If you want a quick status report each time you login you can also add a string value called welcome that points to C:\PSHVM\welcome.bat.

Choose the shortcut called Hyper-v Manager

Once this opens you will notice a powershell window at the upper left. Leave this open you can minimize it if you want but do not close it unless you want hyper-v manager to close. To close hype-v manager you can press the ESC key, use the X or clikc close.

To use it you just click the ok next to the item you want to perform. A Powershell script will open in a new powershell prompt. read and follow the instructions. Some items will open a GUI file explorer pop-up window, just use it like any other program that tou have installed. If unsure read the title of the pop-up window. Each of the scripts will pause then close and return to the menu above.

Now you have built athe vhost you need to configure it, using PS Hyper-V Manager
Set the Virtual Machine and HardDisk paths for the VHost
Create a vSwitch
Create a new VM via questions and answers (I am assuming it is a windows OS)
RDP to a VM, answer OS installation questions. set password, turn off firewall, set the IP address and enable RDP
Manage VM's DVD/ISO.. Insert MS tools and then install them, reboot
Now you can RDP to the server once it comes up and continue setting it upa as needed.
Run and Inventory Report of the VHost and VM's to see if it is setup to your specs. RAM vCPU etc.
You know have a hyper-v server and a VM running on it.

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