When I was still a young buck in college, I remember logging into the computer lab and hearing rumors how the machines were “locked down” by the despotic Network Administrator. I attended a small liberal arts state school so I knew exactly who the Network Administrator was (he was actually a student just like me!) but I couldn’t figure out why he would want to lock me down. After all, I was a Computer Science major like him so why didn’t he trust me not to break the box? It’s not like I was one of those impetuous English majors who clicked every link that said “Act now!”
Over the next three days I’m going to show you how to setup Active Directory and join a PC to your new domain but I want you to know this isn’t something you can learn by reading. You need to do it.
You need to sit in front of a real Windows Server 2012 machine. You need to join a real Windows workstation to the domain. You need to interact with the software.
But how can you realistically do this? Well there are two options; no wait – three options:
You could completely abase yourself by buying your boss’s children Christmas presents so he would be more amenable to letting you setup a lab in the office.
You could cough up a butt load of money to buy real equipment
You could setup a free virtual environment on your computer in a completely isolated network. Then you could install Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 virtual machines and configure a virtual switch to connect both computers.
Are you with me on option 3? I hope so! Let me show you how simple it is to pull this off.