Join Timothy Pintello for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Deploying and Configuring Core TCP/IP Services.
- Before you get started there are a few things you should know. One is that we are using VirtualBox to set up our environment in this course. VirtualBox is an Open Source program that comes in Linux, Windows, and Mac versions. It will allow you to create virtual machines in which you can install multiple copies of Windows Server. One thing you need to remember about VirtualBox is you need to get the 64-bit version of VirtualBox, because Windows Server 2012 only comes in 64-bit versions.
If you do not have a 64-bit computer or a 64-bit operating system you will not be able to use VirtualBox to create Server 2012 virtual machines. A second thing you need to know is that in order to create the virtual machines you'll need to download a free trial version of Windows Server 2012 from Microsoft. This requires a sign-up but it does not require you to pay any money and it'll give you a 180 day trial version of Server 2012 that you can use to make as many virtual machines as you need to for the course.
If you have any question about how to set up VirtualBox you can go to this course, Basic Installation and Configuration of Windows Server 2012, which will take you through the process of installing virtual machines and creating multiple virtual machines in VirtualBox.
Need to configure simple services for your users, such as file sharing and printers? Check out Configuring Basic Microsoft Services.