Building a lab environment with System Center Unified Installer – Part 1

May 7, 2012 at 4:00 am in Uncategorized by timdk

With the RTM release of System Center 2012 came the time to dispose my RC2 lab/demo environment and build a brand new one. To rollout my new environment as quickly and effectively as possible I decided to explore the capabilities of the System Center Unified Installer.

This blog series will outline my experiences building the lab, and will contain the following parts:

  • Part 1 – Designing the lab
  • Part 2 – Preparing the infrastructure
  • Part 3 – Deploying using System Center 2012 Unified Installer

Proceeding directly with the first part, lets outline the objectives and come up with a small design for the environment.

The current specs of my Hyper-V host machine do not support the full-blown installation of the entire System Center 2012 suite so my lab will run the following components:
– System Center Orchestrator
– System Center Configuration Manager
– System Center Operations Manager

Each of these components will get a dedicated machine. Additionally I will need a server to support the Domain Controller role and also the DNS and DHCP services. The following figure shows the topology of the lab:


No additional machines are required for hosting the databases. The backend databases for the System Center products will be running on the same server as the actual product.

That’s it for now. In the second part of the series we will start preparing the environment.

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