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Hyper-V quick start for creating a Project Server 2010 test environment

 

Applies to: Project Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-08-05

(This article is part 1 of the Microsoft Project Server 2010 test environment deployment series. The articles in this series should be read sequentially, starting with this article, as the procedures in each build on those in the last.)

Hyper-V is the Microsoft virtualization solution. It is built into most versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It offers an ideal platform to deploy a full-scale Microsoft Project Server 2010 test environment without the need to purchase multiple servers.

This article describes the steps that you must follow to enable Hyper-V and create virtual machines. If you are already familiar with Hyper-V, you can proceed to the next article, Set up a domain controller for a Project Server 2010 test environment.

This demonstration shows the steps for enabling Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008.

Screenshot of video

Watch the video (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=196700). To download the video file, right-click the link, and then click Save Target As.

The first step is to enable Hyper-V. Hyper-V is a server role on Windows Server 2008. To enable it, log on to the computer as an administrator and perform the following procedure.

To enable Hyper-V
  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

  2. In the left pane, click Roles.

  3. In the right pane, click Add Roles.

  4. If the Before You Begin page is displayed, click Next.

  5. On the Select Server Roles page, select the Hyper-V check box, and then click Next.

  6. On the Hyper-V page, click Next.

  7. On the Create Virtual Networks page, leave the network adapter check boxes cleared, and then click Next.

  8. On the Confirm Installation Selections page, click Install.

  9. On the Installation Results page, click Close.

  10. Restart the server.

Once Hyper-V is enabled, you must create a virtual network within Hyper-V so that the virtual machines can communicate with one another. Two virtual networks are required:

  • An internal virtual network that allows the virtual machines to communicate with one another

  • An external virtual network that allows the virtual machines to communicate with your corporate network and the Internet. (This is required specifically during installation of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 to download the prerequisites.)

To configure an internal network, perform the following procedure.

To configure an internal virtual network
  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Hyper-V Manager.

  2. In the left pane, click the node of the local computer.

  3. In the right pane, click Virtual Network Manager.

  4. Click Internal, and then click Add.

  5. In the Name text box, type Internal Network.

  6. Ensure that the Internal only option is selected, and then click OK.

Once the internal network is created, create an external network by using the following procedure.

To configure an external virtual network
  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Hyper-V Manager.

  2. In the left pane, click the node of the local computer.

  3. In the right pane, click Virtual Network Manager.

  4. Click External, and then click Add.

  5. In the Name text box, type External Network.

  6. Select the External option, and select a network adapter from the drop-down list.

  7. Select the Allow management operating system to share this network adapter check box.

  8. Click OK.

  9. On the Apply Network Changes dialog box, click Yes.

When you have completed network configuration, you can start adding virtual machines to Hyper-V. To complete all the steps in this series of articles, you need the following virtual machines:

  • Litware-DC — domain controller

  • Litware-SQL — SQL Server 2008

  • Litware-Proj — SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010

Perform the following procedure for each virtual machine that you want to create.

To create a virtual machine
  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Hyper-V Manager.

  2. In the left pane, click the node of the local computer.

  3. In the right pane, click New, and then click Virtual Machine.

  4. On the Before You Begin page, click Next.

  5. In the Name text box, type the name that you want to use for the virtual machine, and then click Next.

  6. On the Assign Memory page, type a memory value appropriate for the virtual machine that you are creating.

  7. On the Configure Networking page, select External Network from the drop-down list, and then click Next.

  8. On the Connect Virtual Hard Disk page, leave the default values, and then click Next.

  9. On the Installation Options page, leave the Install an operating system later option selected and then click Next.

  10. Click Finish.

Once a virtual machine is created that has an empty hard disk, the next step is to install an operating system. Project Server 2010 requires Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2. We recommend that you use Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 for each server virtual machine that you create. Perform the following procedure to install an operating system on a virtual machine.

To load an operating system on a virtual machine
  1. In Hyper-V Manager, right-click the virtual machine on which you want to load an operating system, and then click Settings.

  2. In the left pane, click DVD Drive.

  3. In the right pane, select the Image file option.

  4. Click Browse, and locate the ISO file that contains the operating system.

  5. Click OK.

  6. In Hyper-V Manager, double-click the virtual machine on which you want to load the operating system.

  7. In the Virtual Machine Connection window, click the Start icon on the toolbar.

  8. Install the operating system.

When you have created all of the virtual machines that you need and installed operating systems on each, the next step is to set up a domain controller. Proceed to the next article, Set up a domain controller for a Project Server 2010 test environment.

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