I have setup this LAB on VMWare work station 12.0. The whole lab is running on ThinkPad W541 with 32 GB of RAM and Intel(R) i7-4930MX CPU @ 3.00 GHZ, with 1 TB SSD Samsung.
VMs IP & Names
I am going to start the migration process from scratch because I don’t have pre-setup for this migration so I will start the lab from building a Domain Controller in Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, on the same OS I will install Exchange Server 2010 SP3. In the second part of the Guide I will further install Domain Controller on Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition, on the same OS I will install Exchange Server 2016.
You can simply follow the steps for both who have already running this environment or for those who wanted to setup the same environment before doing migration on actual site.
Let’s have a look on first Domain Controller properties and start building Domain on Windows Server 2008.
Note: – I am using very less memory on each VM because I am using SSD drive in my Laptop which has high IOPS (Input/output operations per second.
Adding Server Roles Required for DC
Select Active Directory Domain Services
A popup windows will appear for adding required features.
Click Next to continue
Click on Install
After Successful Installation Click Close
DC Promo Installation
From Run Type Dcpromo & Hit Enter
A Small Windows popup for Checking AD Services
Select Advance option and Click on Next to continue
Click on Next and Continue
Click on Create a new domain in a new forest and Click on Next
You can see the progress windows for verifying NetBIOS name
Click Next with default NetBIOS name
Select Forest Functional Level as per your environment
Select DNS Server option and Click on Next
Click YES to continue
Click Next with default options
Provide password for AD restoration
Read the configurations and Click on Next
Progress windows of active directory installation wizard
Active Direction installation is successfully done at this point, server will take a reboot and give you logon screen with domain name.
Logon to your Domain with administrative credentials
From Administrative Tools, you can see the Active Directory components are installed
Correct your Preferred DNS Server
Configuring Revers Lookup Zone
Right click on Reverse Lookup Zone and click on New zone
Click Next to continue
Click Next with default options selected
Select the option as per your environment
Select IPv4 for Revers Lookup Zone
Provide your Network ID
Select first option and click on Next
Click on New Pointer (PTR)
Click Browse to select A record
Select A record of your DC
Launch NSLOOK to verify name resolution
DNS Results with NSLOOKUP
As you can see the results of DNS is OK. Name resolution is successfully from name to IP and IP to name.
Let’s start preparing & installing Exchange Server 2010 SP3 in Part-II of this series.