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Dynamic Datacenter LAB

Well there is nothing like a new software drop, and a request for a live demo to pile on the pressure for getting a new Lab online and working; and this year there are quite a few of these as the product groups have a lot of really interesting builds on this years calendar.

I have just decommissioned a lab built on the CTP versions of SCVMM, and today I get to start on a rebuild for a live demo later in the month for the Windows User group meetings to assist in understanding the parts within a dynamic Data Centre and Private Cloud.

So I figured what better way to share some of the technical steps then create a few posts as we install and combine all the parts of the puzzle as we drag this stuff together.

Like any good project, before we start on the actually installation, there is no harm in spending a little quality time with the pencil and paper and sketch out what we are trying to do, and how we visualise it all working; think of it as a plan of action.

So, for the Dynamic Data Centre Lab, I have a few parts which we will be interested in taking a look at, which include:

  • Windows Cluster
  • Hyper-V (Duh!)
  • MS SQL Server
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
  • System Centre Operations Manager
  • System Centre Virtual Machine Manager
  • System Centre Self Service Portal v2

and maybe even System Centre Opalis if we have time.

Great, we have the ingredients, now the constraints. I need to keep the complete lab restricted to no more than 3 physical computers, Mainly because all this has to be carried to Dublin at the end of the month, and space is limited.

Lab Structure

After a while scribbling on a few sheets of paper, finally we can draw up a plan of how we will build up this lab. I am going to keep to my limit of 3 servers.

  • 1st Physical Server will be used for most of the main infrastructure services, including AD, DHCP, Storage hosting and a few more.
  • The remaining 2 servers will be our VM hosts, which we will configure as a small 2 node cluster.
**Node** **LAB-SVR01** **LAB-VM01-01** **LAB-VM01-02**
**Type** DELL PE840 DELL PE860 DELL PE860
**Role** _AD_ _DHCP_ File MDT/PXE _iSCSI Server_ SQL Hyper-V RDV Hyper-V RDV
**Storage** C: [80Gb] - System S: [150Gb] - Storage C: [80Gb] - System C: [80Gb] - System

Once we have these 3 nodes up and running we will then create some additional infrastructure to manage and control the ‘Dynamic Datacentre’ and / or “Private Cloud”.

  • Adding Virtual Machine to host System Centre Virtual Machine Manager
  • Adding Virtual Machine hosting System Centre Operations Manager
  • 3rd Virtual Machine to host System Centre Self Service Portal 2.0

I have also included provisions for an additional Virtual Node to install System Centre Opalis in the event we have an opportunity to test some more detailed automation scenarios.

**Type** VM VM VM VM
**Role** SCOM SCVMM SSPv2 Opalis

Combined we will have all the parts to demonstrate both solutions, while utilising the Virtual Machines to assist with the demonstration of Dynamic Services.

Build Out

It’s pretty clear from the list that we are not going to build this environment in a few minutes, there are many parts to the process and as we progress trough the build we also have some product integrations to implement.

I am going to break the process down into a number of steps so that we can each break down the process into blocks of work which we can digest easier and help us watch as we build up the framework.

  • DDLAB – Prepare the Physical Servers
  • DDLAB – Create the Forest
  • DDLAB – Configure Shared Disk
  • DDLAB – Cluster the VM Hosts
  • DDLAB – Deploy SQL Server
  • DDLAB – Deploy SCVMM
  • DDLAB – Configure and Test SCVMM
  • DDLAB – Deploy SCOM and Agents
  • DDLAB – Configure PRO
  • DDLAB – Deploy Self Service 2.0

There we have it, this is the list of all the stages we are going to have to pass trough. We may have to make a few modifications to the list as we progress, but as we being this is a good starting map.

Now, head off and find your 3 servers, once you have the hardware check back and we can start the build together..

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