Thursday, March 08, 2007

Step by step: How to install exchange 2003 cluster part III

Let's build a Windows 2003 R2 STD and re-use it.

1. On the Virtual Server Administration Website, select create under the "Virtual Machines".

2. Let's name it as "Windows 2003 R2 STD - Base" and give 512MB memory.

3. For the "Virtual Network Adapter" select "Not Connected".

4. And click the "Create" button.

5. Click the "CD/DVD" link. on this menu, select an ISO image of windows 2003 R2 std, if you dont' have one you can use host machine's CDROM ("Physical CD/DVD drive").

If you want to create an iso image (I recommand it) go to : this is a tool I use everyday.

6. Click OK

7. Turn on the machine by clicking the screenshot of the server. (it is not turned on yet, so you will have this little thumbnail below)

8. If you click the little screen shot again, you will get a Remote Control screen.
--To release the mouse, press the host key (which by default is the right ALT key).

9. Go through the installation process.

10. Once the installation is done, login to the machine and install the Virtual Machine edition by clicking the Click here to start Virtual Machine Additions setup link.

11. We will be using internal network so don't worry about patching it.

12. Do a sysprep.

13. Turn the machine off.

14. Locate the folder "Windows 2003 R2 STD - Base", this is your Windows 2003 R2 STD base machine. We will be using it to make a windows domain controller and exchange front-end servers(optional), remove the "Windows 2003 R2 STD - Base" machine from the VS 2005 admin website.

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