I found a Poweredge 1950 on eBay for $130. Bells and whistles include:
- redundant PSUs
- Dual CPUs
It does not come with drives or caddies. Caddies I borrowed from work, drives I had. I installed Hyper-V Server via USB drive by designating it a Virtual Floppy drive in the BIOS (also a good time to verify Intel VT is enabled). Initial config of HyperV server can be done from the console and is pretty straight forward. I verified some of my steps with a Dell Youtube video.
The first issue I had was connecting the Hyper-V Manager from the RSAT tools on my client to to the Hyper-V Server. I received the error: [Hyper-V Manager: Access denied. Unable to establish communication between ‘Hyper-V Server’ and ‘Hyper-V Manager]:
Settings firewall rules:
C:\>netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Windows Management Instrumentatio
n (WMI)" new enable=yes
Open Component Services [dcomcnfg.exe] on client. This allows HyperV server in Workgroup mode to connect to my client and mount an ISO. I think in a domain the trust is already there.
- Choose Component Services
- Right Click My Computer
- Select COM Security tab
- Under Access Permissions, click Edit Limits
- Select ANONYMOUS LOGON
- Allow Remote Access
Navigating drives in DOS
c:\fsutil fsinfo drives
Downloading Broadcom drivers and BACS
During installation I was prompted to enable TCP Chimney Offload. An unusual name for a useful technology. Offload some of the processing to the NICs from the CPU.
Dell has a nice procedure for Installing BACS from DOS (for me BACS installed to Program Files\Broadcom\BACS\BACS.exe)
Most of this is just for my own notes. At this point I've built my first 2008R2 VM and about to run dcpromo to build my first domain controller.
I'd rather be working on this than CCNA, maybe I'll feel diferently when I'm working on the next cert.