As you may recall, I decided that I wanted to create a virtual server for my Network Learning Project. I chose this particular project, because I am responsible for maintaining the virtual servers at my school and I thought it would be a good idea to create one so I know how it works.
I am still very much in the learning stage. I have completed the three part SPiceworks Virtualization Training, which explained what virtualization is, how to create virtual storage, and how to implement virtualization in your setting.
I also read an article on Petri IT Knowledgebase called Designing a Non-Clustered Hyper-V Host. This article was most helpful in explaining which specific settings would be most beneficial (ie. how much RAM to assign), as well as explaining the different software that can be used to set up a Virtual Server.
I have also watched the Virtualization segment of What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2, which was full of basic information about how it works.
Additionally, I have started the Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtualization module on Microsoft Virtual Academy, but I haven’t made it very far.
Thus far, the most useful source has been the Spiceworks Virtual Training. The reason for this was that it was broken into multimodal units (some video, some reading, and some hands on). I have yet to have a chance to get Will to give me a tutorial, but we are going to look at it early next week. I anticipate that he is going to be the most useful source.
I did try to make one on my school laptop (which it isn’t designed for), and I’ve included some of the screenshots. I wasn’t successful in creating a Virtual Machine, because I couldn’t change the setting on the Wireless Adapter to allow me to have a virtual network adapter.
The biggest challenge so far has been the steep learning curve of how it all actually works. In terms of a problem that I have needed to solve, the issue of the Network Adapter is significant. I will need to get Will to help me figure out exactly why it isn’t letting me do what I need to do (other than it isn’t really designed to work on laptops).
Most of the problems I encountered will hopefully not be a concern when I use the actual server at school to create the virtual server.
Below you will find a screencast of my attempt to create a virtual machine.
If you have any words of wisdom, feel free to pass them along in the comments.
Photos in this post were screenshots taken from the various websites or programs.
The video was created using Screencast-O-Matic by Earl Whittemore.