Setting Up a Testbed Using Server 2008 As the Domain Controller

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Subject: Setting Up a Testbed Using Server 2008 As the Domain Controller
Posted by:  Stewart Berman (saberman@nospam.nospam)
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009

I need to setup a test bed for a number of virtual machines.  I am using Server 2008 with Hyper-V.
It is on a LAN behind a router that provides DHCP services.  There are other physical machines on
the LAN.

There is only one NIC on the Server 2008 machine.  The virtual machines need access to external
resources (on the other physical machines and the internet).  I have setup a base VM and a virtual
LAN that access the outside world.  So far so good.

I would like to promote the Server 2008 machine to a DC and attach the VMs to it.  The problem is I
don't have a real domain name for the Server 2008 machine.  If I set it up with a dummy domain name
the VMs cannot attach to it because DNS doesn't know anything about it.

Is there anyway to attach a VM to a DC without using DNS?

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