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Problem 70-270 Virtual PC lab setup help?

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by b2051758, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. b2051758

    b2051758 Bit Poster

    Hi there,

    As part of my hnd networking course I have to do the 70-270 and complete all the tasks in the lab manual and record them for the tutor to see. What we have at the college are two virtual pc's one server 2003, and one xp pro networked together which we can use to do the labs on. I'm wanting to duplicate this at home and just needing some help and advice if that's possible.

    I have access to MSDN and have downloaded and installed server 2003 standard and xp pro in virtual pc. What I want to do now is get them networked together but I'm unsure how to do this and could do with a point in the right direction. Also does it matter what version of 2003 I need to use ( certain service packs?) and also what version of virtual pc ( currently using virtual pc 2007 free)?

    What I've noticed on the college virtual machines is that you can turn them off and delete changes and have them start back up to a predefined state. I currently cant see those options in my virtual pc and so assuming any changes I make will be permanent and committed to disk? Is there anyway once I've set up the lab to have this option as well and restart to a clean lab when I need to?

    Thanks for any info

  2. jiggy

    jiggy Nibble Poster

    I would drop virtual pc and use virtualbox...still free but has current updates and support going on and there is plenty of help for networking your server and xp desktop together. Basically though, as long as they are on the same subnet and are using the same network settings e.g bridged, nat etc then they should be able to talk (service packs shouldnt matter). For example your server might have a network setting of IP with a mask while the desktop has with the same mask. Providing your virtual machine settings are correct then they should be able to talk.

    If you want to stick with VirtualPC then just make sure that under the properties of the machine in Networking that they are both on the same network. Internal network would be ok if you dont want them to have internet access.

    Once you have the base builds of the machines done then just snapshot them before you make any changes. This will let you roll back after you have made changes without any worries. Note that I dont know if VirtualPC has this option but VirtualBox definitely does.
    Certifications: MCSE
    WIP: ABC's
  3. DryPlate

    DryPlate Nibble Poster

    Networking them together depends on how you want to do it, with a workgroup or a domain. Workgroup is the simplest but you're probably trying to learn domain environments.
    Certifications: CompTIA A+, MCDST, Apple Certified Associate
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