Build a Virtual Network to prepare for Microsoft MCSA exams
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Build a Virtual Network to prepare for Microsoft MCSA exams

Create a virtual lab as quick and easy as possible in free VIrtual Box.
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Created by Andrew Schlegel
Last updated 3/2016
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • Build a virtual lab in virtual box, to implement configurations for the MCSA exams
  • Easily Adapt and change the lab to support server and client configurations as required on the Microsoft exams.
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  • Students should have basic networking skills
  • Students should have basic understanding of networks and IP addresses.
  • New IP Adressing section added so IP Addressing skills are not required

In this "HANDS ON" course you will learn to build an Adaptable Virtual Network in Virtual Box. This course is MCSA and job focused it provides the TOOL you need to get serious about configuring Microsoft Servers & Clients on a virtual network when a real network is not available to you.

*As a new course - Some Issues and Details of recent Updates - Addressed below.*

**Just Added* Before we can do Microsoft Server & Microsoft Active directory domain services configurations. We need both a virtual network and to understand IP Addressing. I added an IP addressing Bonus section to this course. This is the actual material and Project that I created and use in one of my courses. Andrew

1. Although approved by Udemy any audio problems are being reviewed and corrected by re-recording some videos as needed to improve sound quality.

2. Regarding specs for the virtual or host machines. If you have a recent dual core or greater computer from the last few years you can run virtualization. The question is how many virtual machines you can run at the same time 4, 8, 12? This can be optimized but at some point you will run out of resources. You need a 64 bit machine to run windows server 2102 and later. When you download the ISO Image from Microsoft click on description and that will give you the requirements for the virtual machine. Keep in mind these aren't written in stone. I often run virtual machines with less than what is listed as min. I always start with 1 GB ram and 25 GB dynamically allocatable hard drive for a virtual machine. Then adjust RAM as needed the HD is ok. I demonstrate how to do this during the course. If you have any doubts you can google your processors to see if it can be used for virtualization. Of course almost all modern machines can.

3. Regarding WSUS and the SCCM. For logical reasons this is an internal virtual network it is isolated from the host machine. This means the virtual machines on this network cannot reach the outside world. The only purpose of the shared folder created in this course is to pass files, from the host machine to the virtual machines and vise versa. Clearly the shared folder is not intended to "drive" updates to the clients. Only to allow the virtual machines access to the host machine via shared folder. For example if you want to download FTP and Python to a virtual machine, download it from the internet to the shared folder on the host machine this will put FTP and Python in the shared folders on the virtual machines.

4. Be sure what you are getting. This is a complete course to build a virtual internal network, no information is lacking for this purpose however this is not a Microsoft configuration course, this is a course to Build an adaptable virtual network in virtual box to do the Microsoft configurations on, it is not a complete course on virtual box. There are many ways to build a virtual network in VIrtual Box and I have seen them all submitted by my students this is the best and easiest way to get started. I designed this so my students can do their Microsoft course work on this virtual network at home. It has been tested successful many times for over a year. However you will need to go to Youtube, Microsoft webpage or another Udemy course for specific Microsoft server configuration details. This course shows you step by step in detail how to build a adaptable virtual network in Virtual Box that supports multiple servers and clients to do the Microsoft configurations on.

5. The Value of this course is different to different people. Setting up a virtual network and configuring multiple servers and clients on a network is great for the MCSA exams. Although its certainly possible you can become a "Paper Cert" with little actual configuration experience. However its impossible to land a decent job with little actual experience. This course is for those that plan to earn a MCSA and then look for a job or for those already MCSA certified but lack the experience to pass the interviews. You can build this virtual network on your computer. Practice DNS, DHCP, AD/DS configs over and over on a network using multiple virtual machines all working together and ACE an interview. This is the next best thing to real job experience and certainly valuable. If you are primarily a Cisco Route and Switch Engineer and you just want to know a little overview about the Microsoft world this is not a valuable course for you. This course is job focused it provides the tool you need to get serious about configuring Microsoft Servers & Clients on a virtual network when a real network is not available to you. It takes much of the hardwork out of figuring out virtualization and lets you focus your time doing the Microsoft Configurations. That's very valuable to those looking for Certification and Employment as an MCSA.

Maintenance of this course is ongoing coming soon as a bonus I plan to add:

AD/DS server, DNS server, DHCP server configuration to the virtual network

and a Introduction to Powershell section.

Note: Like everything in Networking hands on is the key. It is intended that you build this virtual network hence the title. I will help you as needed in the shell. Everything is demonstrated step by step. So work along and have some fun.

I am a University instructor, I teach Microsoft MCSA courses as well as other Tech courses. I have spent 100s of hours developing and documenting this system to create a virtual lab in virtual box so my students can practice MCSA configurations for certifications. From my experience, this is the Best, Easiest way to build an adaptable Virtual Network in Virtual box.

What do I mean by an adaptable network? Your will learn to add and remove servers and clients from the virtual network very easily such that you can practice the required Microsoft configurations for both certifications and employment.

In just under 3 hours, you will gain all the knowledge and ability required to build a great lab in virtual box to practice for the Microsoft MCSA and MCSE exams.

Any student that wants to practice Microsoft Server and Client configurations on the free virtual box software should take this course because this takes the hard work out of using virtual box and configuring the network and allows you to focus on the Microsoft configurations to pass the exams, land a great job or improve your skills at work.

I provide support in the discussion area to get your network working and adaptable. All I ask is that you follow my proven simple and effective method, watch all the videos and build the network according to the plans. After you become an expert, you may choose to add to or modify this method to suit your needs.

*Note on host machine

Some old processors do not officially support virtualization. Some examples of processors that do not support virtualization are: older Pentium 4s, Celerons, and AMD Athlons. Thus, you will not be able to activate processor virtualization effectively for a computer that does not have a processor with virtualization capabilities.

For the most part, any newer processor with more than one core should be capable of running virtualization software. Some examples of processors that should support virtualization are: Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Intel Core i3, i5, i7, AMD Athlon X2, AMD Athlon X4, and AMD Phenom X4.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to build a vertual network in virtual box to practice Microsoft Configurations.
  • Anyone wanting to practice the configurations for the MCSA exams.
  • Anyone wanting to practice configurations of Microsoft servers and Clients
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Curriculum For This Course
44 Lectures
Overview of the Virtual Environment
6 Lectures 28:41

Clone The Virtual Machine

Manipulate the Virtual Environment

Conclusion of the Overview

This quiz tests concepts you should understand before proceeding to the step by step configurations.

Overview Quiz
4 questions
Step by Step Configuration Procedures
23 Lectures 01:38:34
STEP 1: Download and Install Virtual Box

STEP 2: Create a Virtual Machine

STEP 3 : Install Windows server Part 1

STEP 3: Install Windows server Part 2

STEP 3: Install Windows server Part 3

STEP 4: Configure the Virtual Network

STEP 5: Deactivate the Firewall

STEP 6: Set the IP Address on the Virtual Machine

STEP 7: Clone The Virtual Machine

STEP 8: Change the IP Address on the Cloned Machine

STEP 9: Verify the Virtual link

STEP 10: Repeat steps 1-9 for a new iso file Part 1.

STEP 10: Repeat steps 1-9 for a new iso file Part 2.

STEP 10: Repeat steps 1-9 for a new iso file Part 3

STEP 10: Repeat steps 1-9 for a new iso file Part 4

STEP 10: Repeat steps 1-9 for a new iso file Part 5

step 11: Create the Shared Folder Part 1

step 11: Create the Shared Folder Part 2

step 11: Create the Shared Folder Part 3

step 11: Create the Shared Folder Part 4

step 11: Create the Shared Folder Part 5

step 11: Create the Shared Folder Part 6

Bonus: PROJECT 1 IP Addressing
9 Lectures 01:24:57
Project 1 Video 1: Subnetting and VLSM

Project 1 Video 2: Subnetting and VLSM

Project 1 Video 3: Subnetting and VLSM Calculator

Project 1 Video 4: Static Routing

Project 1 Video 5: IPV6 Subnetting and Static routes Part 1

Project 1 Video 6: IPV6 Subnetting and Static routes Part 2

Project 1: Without Solution

Please take a look at this document starting at page 22. This is the decimal method. This is what really brought sub-netting together for me. Read and work through these and you will soon be sub-netting anything quick in your head.

Project 1 Great Subnetting Resource
63 pages

Project 1 .pdf
10 pages
Advanced Virtual Network Concepts and Applications.
6 Lectures 41:40

The next few videos describe at a high level, more advanced topics such as the host network the Nat network and using Multiple Host Machines to create bigger virtual networks. After this High level discussion we will go into specific example with great detail.

Thank you

Advanced Topics Internal Network

Advanced topics Host Networks

This is an overview and takes a look at the NAT adapter, how your virtual machines can connect with the internet and other host machines running virtual environments to increase the size of your virtual networks with multiple host machines. We will look at this in great detail in upcomming videos.

Thank you

Advanced Topics NAT Network and Multiple Host Machines.

Please Download GNS3 and create a switch in GNS3 by inserting a switch module into a router. I will be building a real world network that uses Microsoft Servers and Clients over Routers and Switches in GNS3. We will also connect Linux and Python and do some basic Read a Write to the Routers from Python. I have a full Python course nearly complete and everyone in this course will receive a free coupon to the Python for Network Engineers course as soon as it is complete. You can see I solved some more virtual networking issuse and thought I would add to this course as well.

Thank you

Download GNS3

I like to use a dedicted IOS include a switch model in the router, then change the picture to a swtich. Then in the future use that IOS as a switch only, and use different IOS imiages for Cisco Routers.

Create a Switch in GNS3

This is a quick overview of a Windows 8.1 VM in virtual box connected to GNS3 via the Host Network. The Next Video will be a detailed explaination of how these networks are laid out and how the equipment is configures.

Advanced Topics: Host Network Example
About the Instructor
Andrew Schlegel
3.8 Average rating
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2,587 Students
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Network Engineer / Instructor

Currently I teach Programming / Networking and Network Security Courses at The City University of Seattle and DeVry University. I have a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In addition to consulting I am also pursuing a graduate program in Network System Security at the University of Washington.

I have worked 20 years as an Electrical Computer and Network Engineer. I have designed Networks RADAR and satellite for the the US military. RF and Antenna test ranges for the F-22, GPS3 and Toyota. I have designed projects in the US, JAPAN, AUSTRIA and BRAZIL.

Recent ongoing Education:

University of Michigan: Completed 5 course certification. Programming in Python.

University of California SD:  Completed 5 course certification. Programing Java Programming

Current Certifications: CCNP R&S, CCNP Wireless, CCNA R&S, CCNA Wireless, CCNA Voice, CCNA Security, MCSA, CWNP, CWDP, CWNA, CCENT Aruba ACMA

Many years programming experience using:

Basic, Fortran, C, C++, C#, Java, PHP, Python, Matlab