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Lab Setup Guide
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Configuration title of the Microsoft Official Academic
Course (MOAC) series includes two books: a textbook and a lab manual. The exercises in the
lab manual are designed for classroom use under the supervision of an instructor or a lab aide.
■ Classroom Setup
This course should be taught in a classroom containing networked computers where students
can develop their skills through hands-on experience with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.
The exercises in the lab manual require the computers to be installed and configured in a
specific manner. Failure to adhere to the setup instructions in this document can produce
unanticipated results when the students perform the exercises.
The following configurations and naming conventions are used throughout the course and
are required for completing the labs as outlined in the lab manual.
The classroom network consists of a single instructor computer and several student computers.
The student computers do not rely on the instructor computer for any labs in the lab manual.
As a result, both the instructor computer and student computers have identical setup require-
ments. Furthermore, the instructor computer is optional; it may be used at the discretion of
the instructor for demonstrating certain lab steps.
Each computer will need to have three fully updated instances of Windows Server 2003 SP2
hosted by three different virtual machines on the same computer using virtualization software
• Microsoft Virtual PC
• Microsoft Virtual Server
• VMWare Server
• VMWare Workstation
• VMWare Fusion
This will allow both students and the instructor to interface with all three instances of
Windows Server 2003 SP2 from the same computer during the exercises in this lab manual.
Consequently, the host operating system that runs the virtualization software is irrelevant.
Common host operating systems that can be used for virtualization include Windows 2000,
Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Linux, or
Macintosh OS X.
Each computer that hosts the virtualization software should be configured with the correct IP
information for classroom Internet access. Furthermore, the virtualization software on each
computer should be configured to give Internet access to each virtual machine using NAT
mode or Bridging mode.
Each instance of Windows Server 2003 SP2 hosted by the virtualization software should:
• Use the same password for the Administrator user for simplicity when switching from
one virtual machine to another in the classroom environment.
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• Have a different computer name that adheres to the following naming convention:
StudentXX-A, StudentXX-B, and StudentXX-C, where XX is a unique number assigned
by the instructor (typically the computer number within the classroom).
Include a single network interface that is configured with the correct IP address, subnet
mask, and default gateway necessary to gain Internet access in the classroom. The network
interface on StudentXX-A should also be configured with the DNS server used for Internet
access within the classroom. The DNS server configured within the network interfaces on
StudentXX-B and StudentXX-C should be the IP address of StudentXX-A.
Figure B-1 provides an example configuration for three instances of Windows Server 2003
on the first student computer using the 10.0.0.0 network, a classroom default gateway of
10.0.0.254, and a classroom DNS server of 10.0.0.253.
A sample Student01
computer with three
To support this classroom configuration, students configure their Windows Server 2003 virtual
machines throughout the first three labs in the lab manual. Students configure the IP and
name information for their virtual machines in Lab 1. In Lab 2, students configure the Active
Directory service, and in Lab 3, students configure Exchange Server 2007 server roles.
The setup of the instructor computer, if used, will be identical to the student computer setup
outlined in the lab manual. In addition, all labs within the lab manual are cumulative; before
you begin a later lab, you must have completed all prior labs.
Classroom Computer Requirements
The host computer that will run the virtual machines in the classroom requires the following
hardware and software:
• Processor: 1 GHz (minimum); 2 GHz or faster (recommended)
• RAM: 2 GB (minimum); 4 GB or more (recommended)
a. 2 GB of RAM leaves 512 MB for each of the three virtual machines plus 512 MB for
the host OS
b. 4 GB of RAM leaves 1024 MB of RAM for each of the three virtual machines plus
1024 MB of RAM for the host OS
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• Disk space requirements: 40 GB (minimum); 80 GB or more (recommended)
a. 40 GB leaves 10 GB for each of the three virtual machines plus 10 GB for the host OS
b. 80 GB leaves 20 GB for each of the three virtual machines plus 20 GB for the host OS
• DVD-ROM drive
• Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor
• Keyboard and mouse (or other pointing device)
• One network interface adapter
• Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise edition
• Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Enterprise edition
■ Classroom Computer Setup Instructions
Before you begin, do the following:
• Read this entire document.
• Verify that you have the Instructor CD provided with the course materials and the
installation disk for Microsoft Windows Server 2003.
Installing Windows Server 2003
Using the following setup procedure, install Windows Server 2003 on each virtual machine.
Before you install Windows Server 2003, you must start and configure your virtualization
* software. This will depend on the virtualization software that you plan to use. Consult
your virtualization software guide for more information.
INSTALL WINDOWS SERVER 2003
These steps must be performed three different times in order to install three different vir-
* tual machines. It is unnecessary to provide the correct computer names and IP information
during these steps since they will be configured during Lab 1 of the lab manual.
1. Boot the virtual machine from the Windows Server 2003 Installation disk. When
you boot from the disk, the Windows Server 2003 Setup program starts.
2. At the Setup Notiﬁcation screen, click Enter.
3. At the Welcome to Setup screen, click Enter.
4. At the Windows Licensing screen, press F8 to accept the Windows Licensing
5. At the partitioning screen, create a single partition that uses all of the space
available to the virtual machine.
6. Select your C: partition and press Enter to install Windows Server 2003 on that
7. Select Format the partition using the NTFS ﬁle system and press Enter. The
partition will now be formatted and ﬁles will be copied to it. Following the copy
operation, your virtual machine will be restarted.
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8. Once the virtual machine has rebooted and the Windows environment has been
loaded, click Next at the Regional and Language Options screen.
9. At the Personalize Your Software screen, enter your name in the Name box and
your school or organization in the Organization box. Click Next when ﬁnished.
10. At the Your Product Key screen, enter the product key that came with your copy of
Windows Server 2003. Click Next when ﬁnished.
11. At the Licensing Modes screen, ensure that Per server is selected and enter 50 in
the concurrent connections box. Click Next when ﬁnished.
12. At the Computer Name and Administrator Password screen, enter the computer
name Student-A if you are installing the ﬁrst virtual machine, Student-B if you
are installing the second virtual machine, or Student-C if you are installing the
third virtual machine.
13. Enter the password of secret in both the Administrator password and Conﬁrm
password dialog boxes and click Next when ﬁnished. Click Yes when a message
appears warning you about the simplicity of your password. Normally, you would
select a complex password for Administrator in a production environment. However,
we will use a simple password for convenience within the classroom environment.
14. At the Date and Time Settings screen, ensure that your date, time, and time zone
are correct and click Next.
15. At the Networking Settings screen, ensure that Typical settings is selected and
16. At the Workgroup or Computer Domain screen, verify that No, this computer is
not on a network, or is on a network without a domain is selected and click
17. After the installation has completed, your virtual machine will automatically reboot.
Remove the CD-ROM or DVD from your CD-ROM or DVD drive.
18. At the login dialog box, press Ctrl Alt Del and log in as the Administrator user
19. When the Manage Your Server screen appears, select the Don't display this page
at logon checkbox in the bottom left hand corner of window and close the
20. Click Start, All Programs, Activate Windows. When the Activate Windows wizard
appears, follow the directions to activate your copy of Windows Server 2003.
21. Install any updates needed to keep the operating system current.