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Step by Step – Configuring SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn in Windows 7 Virtual Environment (Part 1)

Posted by blakhani on May 3, 2012


I have been demonstrating AlwaysOn feature to various audiences on various forums (TechEd, SQL Saturday, Virtual TechDays etc.). I have been using Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V to create multiple machine and demonstrate the feature. Someone asked me if he can do the same thing using his Windows 7 laptop? I tried looking at virtualization techniques available on Windows 7 and I found that it should be possible. I have tried to make it as descriptive as possible with step by step screenshots to configure whole setup.This topic would be a multipart series.

  1. Configure Windows 7 to use Virtualization and Configure three machines (One domain controller, two member servers). Also configure networking between them.
  2. Create Domain and configure the machines to make sure they are able to talk to each other.
  3. Install SQL Server 2012 on the servers.
  4. Configure AlwaysOn.

First download Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 machine. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx and choose below option. I am not going to Install Windows XP mode.

01_VPC

One clicked, choose your platform and language and click on download button.

02_VPC

This would install Windows Update to enable Virtual PC

03_Windows Installer

 

Restart the machine and you should be able to see below under "Start” > “Programs” > “Windows Virtual PC”

04_Windows Virual PC Shortcut

Next step would be to download the Virtual Hard Disk (a.k.a. VHD) file which I can use to configure my machine. Note that You need to use 32 bit images to make this work. Here is the link to download Windows Server 2008 images http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14527 (Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition x86 (Full Install) VHD)

There are three parts which you need to download and then extract to user by Virtual PC. It would look like below.

05_Downloaded VHD

Double Click on the File and Extract the data into “C:\VHDs\DC” folder as shown below:

06_Extract

Once extraction is complete, make three copies of the vhd (Windows2008Fullx86Ent) file and keep them in separate folders as shown below. [I am showing only two, same exists for Srv2 also]

07_Copies

Lets add the machine to Virtual PC. Open the UI from "Start” > “Programs” > “Windows Virtual PC” > “Windows Virtual PC” and choose “Create virtual machine”

08_Create Machine 

Follow the wizard and create DC

09_Create Machine1 

10_Create Machine_Mem

11_Create Machine_Disk

One done, lets go to network setting and choose “Internal Network” This is because I don’t want to create domain controller in my office domain network.

Right Click on DC and choose “Settings”

12_Setting

Go to Networking option and choose “Internal Network”

13_Setting_Network

Now start the first machine and make sure we are able to log in.

14_DC_Startup

You need to follow few steps which are pretty self-explanatory. It would also as you to set machine name (I have given name as DC) new password for Administrator. Once you are done with that, this is what you should see 🙂

15_DC_LoggedIn

As homework, before moving to second part, you need to do the same thing with two more machines and here is what you should see in Windows Virtual PC.

16_Three Machines

See you at next part of Series!

Hope this would help someone in the world!

Cheers,
Balmukund Lakhani
Twitter @blakhani

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4 Responses to “Step by Step – Configuring SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn in Windows 7 Virtual Environment (Part 1)”

  1. vasant said

    Where is part 2?

  2. Manohar said

    Hi Balamukund

    Your article too crispy and very good one… Could you please take out some time and post the other part2?

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