This is the third video in my AutoLab Video Series. In the first video I covered obtaining AutoLab and configuring VMware Workstation. The second video walked through populating the AutoLab build share.
This video covers building the Domain Controller (DC) and ESXi hosts (Host1, Host2, and Host3) using the AutoLab automation. The Domain Controller provides the Active Directory infrastructure, the PXE infrastructure, the DNS services, and the database services for the AutoLab environment. The hosts will become the nested ESXi servers of the AutoLab environment.
The AutoLab automation configures all of the services running on the DC. This give you more time to use the lab for the intended purpose – working with vSphere. The ESXi host install and the base configuration has also been automated, but there is also an option to manually install and configure a host. Building the DC (and configuring all the services) and the installation of ESXi on the 3 hosts took less than 2 hours to finish.
AutoLab – http://www.labguides.com/autolab/
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The next video will cover the AutoLab vCenter Server build.