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Lab 0: VMWare Setup

The purpose of this lab is to familiarize you with VMWare. Though the lab is not graded, it's very important that you complete the steps in it so that you are ready for the subsequent labs. 

Using CIS Computers
The computers in the STEM center and in classrooms 828 and 829 are different from the other computers on campus. They are meant for students in CIS classes. Your regular username and password will not work. Use the following credentials on CIS computers:

Username: Student
Password: Cabri11o (a.k.a. funny Cabrillo)

It is not necessary that you complete the classwork on CIS computers. 

Using VCenter and VMWare
Most students will find it easiest to use the central servers to complete their lab assignments. Though you can do the assignments on your own computers you are responsible for setting up the proper VMs. In most cases that will be more trouble than it is worth. 
Access to VMWare happens via the RDP protocol. You can make Windows connect to VCenter by downloading the RDP file available on this web page: 

For those on Macintosh and Linux machines you will need to supply your RDP client with the following information: 

Server: cislab.cis.cabrillo.edu
Domain: cislab

Username and password Is an encoded version of your name where:
  • lll = first 3 letters of your last name (lowercase)
  • fff = first 3 letters of your first name (lowercase)
  • Ff = first 2 letters of your first name (first letter uppercase)
  • Ll = first 2 letters of your last name (first letter uppercase)
  • nnnn = last 4 digits of your student ID
username: cislab\lllfff194
password: FfLlnnnn

Michael Matera (student ID 1234-567890)
username: cislab\matmic90
password: MiMa7890

Navigating VMWare
VMWare may start you in different screens which can be confusing. Unless otherwise specified the instructions will assume that you are working in the "VMs and Templates" view. The home screen is shown in the picture below from it select the icon circled: 

The VMs and Templates view has a CIS 195 folder. If you did not rename a folder for yourself in class do that now. All of your work should go in your own folder. 

Cloning VMs
Each lab requires that you use different VMs to start with. Templates for those VMs will be made available for you. You cannot work on a template until you make a copy (called a clone) for yourself.  Templates are located in the Templates folder. To clone a template select it and under Basic Tasks select Deploy to a Virtual Machine as shown in the picture.

UPDATE: Selecting a Deployment Template
In order for Windows to function properly you must select a deployment template that's been made for you. The template ensures that the new copy of Windows is properly licensed and does not contain conflicts with other Windows that came from the clone. In the Wizard you must select "Customize using an existing customization specification" as shown:

Select the specification that matches the OS you're cloning. 

Selecting Your Private Network
In each lab you will be working on between one and three VMs. In order for the lab to work properly the VMs must be on an isolated network. Each of you will be assigned a network just for your use. In order to make your clone function properly you must assign it to your network. To do that select your VM and under Basic Tasks select Edit virtual machine settings as shown:

In the editor select Network Adapter 1 and in the pulldown list select the network you were assigned as shown:

Using ISO Images as DVDs in VMWare
In order to do labs you will sometimes need the Windows DVD. VMware makes it very easy to insert and remove DVDs from your VM. In your Virtual Machine Properties select the CD/DVD drive pane as shown:

Browsing the Datastore presents you with a window where you can find ISOs (those are images of DVDs). All class DVDs are located in the following folder:

disk4-1 -> ISOs 

Windows ISOs have long names. Those names look like:


In order to do a fresh install of Windows Server 2012 use the following ISO:

disk4-1 -> ISOs -> en_windows_server_2012_r2_x64_dvd_2707946.iso

IMPORTANT: Be sure to select "Connect at power on" in the DVD drive screen or else you won't be able to boot from the virtual DVD. 

Once you have properly setup your "Bare Metal" clone you should be able to successfully complete Lab 1 part 1. Do that before class next week.

In order to complete this lab you should have done the following:
  1. Logged into a CIS machine (in class or in MESA) at least once
  2. Connected to the CISLab RDP server from school (if you will work from school)
  3. Connected to the CISLab RDP server from home (if you will work from home)
  4. Claimed your personal folder
  5. Cloned your "bare metal" VM and placed it in your folder
  6. Attached the Windows 2012 Server DVD to your VM
  7. Installed Windows 2012 Server on your bare metal VM (Lab 1 part 1)