To create a virtual lab project
After the console opens, a wizard starts automatically to guide you through the virtual lab project creation.
Alternatively, if you have the Active Directory Virtual Lab console already open, from the main menu, select File | New Project, and then follow the steps in the wizard.
When creating a virtual lab project, you are prompted to specify the following:
The virtualization software must be preinstalled in your environment and be accessible to the Active Directory Virtual Lab. For the privileges required to use the virtualization software, see Permissions.
NOTE: You can configure the target network isolation using the IP subnet while creating a virtual lab project. To do this, on the "Specify default hardware settings for virtual machines to be created" step of the project creation wizard, click <Dynamic IP> and specify the IP address with the subnet mask that is isolated from the source environment. Later, when you add the source machine to the project, the IP address for the target virtual machine will be configured according to the default settings. For more details, see Isolated virtual network and DNS.
If necessary, you can modify these default settings for each virtual machine to be created.
Once you have created a virtual lab project, you need to populate it with the source computers from which to create virtual machines in your virtual test environment. The source computers can be physical or virtual domain controllers or standalone servers. The source computers added to your virtual lab project are displayed in the List of source computers area.
To add domain controllers to your project
In the dialog box that opens, wait until the Active Directory Virtual Lab retrieves information about all domain controllers in the source Active Directory forest.
If you do not want specific domains in your virtual test environment, leave the check boxes cleared for all domain controllers in those domains. As a result, the Active Directory Virtual lab excludes these domains from the virtual test environment by cleaning up their metadata.
NOTE: We recommend that you select one target domain controller in each domain that hosts AD integrated DNS zone as a primary DNS server and set its target IP address as a DNS server for all other target virtual machines in this domain. The corresponding source domain controller should be the DNS server as well. When all target virtual machines have been created, they have a network interface card (NIC) configured according to the ADVL project settings. During the Enable Network operation, the Primary DNS servers are restarted and IP addresses are updated for all other virtual machines in this domain. After the updated DNS data will be replicated to domain controllers in other domains, other DNS servers in these domains should work as well.
To add a standalone server to your project
For information on the permissions the account you specify must have on the source computer, see Permissions.
To remove a source computer from your project
By default, the virtual machine creation settings for each source computer in your virtual lab project are populated with the default values you have configured when creating the project (see Virtual lab project default settings).
If necessary, you can modify the virtual machine creation settings for each source computer in the project.
To modify the virtual machine creation settings
For more information about the options you can use on these tabs, see Virtual machine creation settings and events.
To configure a setting for multiple source computers at once, select those computes in the List of Source Computers (hold down CTRL and click the computers in the list), and then configure the setting you want on the above-listed tabs.
In this step, you verify the virtual machine creation settings specified for each source computer to ensure they are correct. If any issues are found, you are prompted to fix them. You cannot proceed with the virtual test environment creation until you resolve all errors encountered during the verification. Also, you must resolve or ignore the encountered warnings, if any.
To verify the settings in your project
Once the verification completes, you can view its results in a dialog box that opens automatically. If any issues are found during the verification, this dialog box looks similar to the following:
After resolving or ignoring the issues found, click the Verify Again button in this dialog box to re-run the verification operation on the virtual lab project. If the issues have been resolved successfully, the Create Lab button becomes available and you can proceed with the virtual lab creation.