After some time spent installing, configuring, reading and rebooting, the lab is going quite well. Also, it might look like there are too many tools or too many solutions with overlapping capabilities, but its all in the name of lab testing :).
On the bellow diagram, you could find the connectivity overview of the lab – inculind the on-premise secion and the two public clouds that will be integrated.
In future posts, there will be more info how to configure some of the components, for example the virtual router of MicroTik and so on.
So, after the new hardware upgrade, time to set-up proper functioning lab.
Some background: the infrastructure in question will be for engineering company with about ~50 employees. It will have 4 branches, 3 operating within the major economical regions – EMEA, APAC, AMCS, and fourth one – the HQ. This will be used for setting up the active directory structure later on. Every branch will have local HR, finance, engineering team, on-site support and all the basic departments (definitely not the most optimized solution, but should be interesting).
Underlying infrastructure: Heavily based on Microsoft products: composed Workstations with Windows 10, on-premise Exchange, File & Share servers. To spice up the things, there will be some Linux based instances, use primary for java, web & middleware, sandboxing and testing. In the end there would be also some android devices, just for the sake of testing BYOD scenarios. Active directory will be used for proper management.
Security solutions: here is the funny part – hopefully more thinks will break and will have to be fixed for the fun.
Antivirus: Symantec Endpoint Protection, McAfee Enterprise & Microsoft Defender.
Encryption: Checkpoint Full Disk Encryption and Microsoft BitLocker
So, setting up a nice Windows Server 2012 R2 machine in Hyper-V for some active directory testing.
Allocating the minimum required resources for WS 2012 R2, as seen here , and just after selecting the edition that I wanted to install [doesn’t matter if you prefer Standard or datacenter edition, with or without GUI], a greeting window appeared:
A small collection of useful programs, applications and mmc’s that can be of use, when your Active Directory isn’t cooperating and working as designed, or trying to find that small problem in the environment, that has been bothering you for quite some time.