This is the fifth post in a series outlining how to set up your own little virtualized Virtual vSphere Lab, if you missed part one, part two, part three, or part four, be sure to check them out first!
Ideally we would now install Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) on the Windows Server 2008 R2 VM we created in part four, but since VMware vCenter Server 4.1 also installs AD LDS (previously known as Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM)) it can not be installed on a AD Domain Controller.
This means that we either need to install a second VM with Windows Server 2008 R2 on, and install and configure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) on it, or run without an available Active Directory domain. Running a second Windows Server 2008 R2 install will consume a lot of resources, especially memory, which might not be available to you in your lab environment. For now, I’ve decided to go on without it. Continue reading →