I have decided to use Windows Azure as my lab environment because it is the fastest and most accessible way for me to work on this from anywhere in the world. I travel a lot so I want to be able to access the lab while on the road. This is a self-contained lab environment that for right now is just for my PowerShell learning. But it has the potential to be used for other lab scenarios and is completely expandable.

I am using the following book to teach myself more about PowerShell -

“Learn Windows PowerShell 3 In A Month Of Lunches” by Don Jones and Jeffery D. Hicks

I have decided to use Windows Azure as my lab environment because it is the fastest and most accessible way for me to work on this from anywhere in the world. I travel a lot so I want to be able to access the lab while on the road. This is a self-contained lab environment that for right now is just for my PowerShell learning. But it has the potential to be used for other lab scenarios and is completely expandable.

You can create your own Windows Azure Lab by following along. The first step is to get signed up for a Free Windows Azure Trial account here -

To create the lab environment, we have to build out a few different pieces -

Part 1 of 3 – Speed Build a Virtual Network

Part 2 of 3 - Create the base Virtual Machines (we will use 3 for our base lab)

Part 3 of 3 - Configure the Virtual Machines – One (1) Domain Controller and Two (2) Domain Joined Member Servers

Ongoing summary posts of what I learn as I read the book and learn more about PowerShell.

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Now….let’s get the network up an running!

No muss, no fuss, minimal explanation quick build of a Virtual Network in Windows Azure

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Speed Build the virtual Network

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Sign up for a Free Windows Azure account here – http://aka.ms/NewAzureTrial

Log into the Windows Azure Management portal using the account you created above - http://manage.windowsazure.com

In the lower left of the portal, select New –> Network Services –> Virtual Network –> Register DNS Server

Fill in the following items using your own unique information except where specified -

Name – Friendly name for your DNS server (not used in actual DNS name resolution)

DNS Server IP Address – 10.0.0.4 – ***Must use this IP address, will make more sense later***

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In the lower left of the portal, select New –> Network Services –> Virtual Network –> Custom Create

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When the wizard starts, fill in the following items using your own unique information except where specified -

Name – A simple name for your network  *** Write down the name of this item ***

Region – Choose a region that is geographically close to you

Affinity Group – Select “Create a new affinity group” in drop down

Affinity Group Name – A simple name for your affinity group  *** Write down the name of this item ***

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On the next page, click the drop down for the DNS Server name and select the DNS server we created earlier. The IP address will automatically fill in.

Do NOT select either of the checkboxes on the page.

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On the next page, click the drop down for CIDR (Address Count) and change to “/20 4096”

Verify your numbers are the same as the screen shot below before proceeding.

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The next step is to complete the wizard and allow the virtual network to be completed.

We now have our virtual network in place! The next post in the series will be -

 

Building a lab in Windows Azure for learning PowerShell – Part 2 of 3 – Create the Base Virtual Machines

 

-Cheers!