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.
To start the virtual environment creation
Alternatively, you can click the Create Lab button on the Toolbar in the Active Directory Virtual Lab console.
To view the virtual machine creation progress for a source computer, select that computer in the List of source computers, and then click the Events tab.
NOTE: If the creation of a virtual machine fails, we recommend that you retry the last operation on the source computer: In the List of Source Computers, right-click the source computer, and then click Retry Last Operation.
In the created virtual test environment, all network adapters are disabled to prevent possible conflicts with the source Active Directory forest. Before enabling network adapters, ensure your virtual test environment is properly isolated from the source forest.
This feature is supported only for Microsoft SCVMM 2012 R2 and VMware environments.
If you close the ADVL console during the creation of the virtual environment, the session can be resumed if it was interrupted on the following steps (see the Events tab):
Convert source machine to virtual machine
Wait for other virtual machines to be created
To resume the creation of the virtual environment, reopen the ADVL project.