Deploying a Fault-Tolerant Microsoft Active Directory Environment
This lab is part of a series aimed at helping you deploy a highly available Windows architecture on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with Microsoft Active Directory (AD), SQL Server, and Internet Information Services (IIS). In this lab you set up a redundant pair of Windows Domain Controllers (DC) with AD using a new Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) network and multiple subnets.
You can also use this lab to learn to set up an AD configuration for use in other architectures. Replicating a remote AD environment to the new GCP-based AD environment will not be covered, although this is possible with Cloud VPN and additional AD configuration.
Create a custom mode VPC network with two subnets spanning two zones.
Create Windows Server virtual instances and enable AD Domain Services.
Configure a new domain with Active Directory.
Join the new Windows Server instances to the new domain.
Configure firewall rules to allow traffic to the virtual machines.
Test the configuration.
Setup and Requirements
Before you click the Start Lab button
Read these instructions. Labs are timed and you cannot pause them. The timer, which starts when you click Start Lab, shows how long Google Cloud resources will be made available to you.
This Qwiklabs hands-on lab lets you do the lab activities yourself in a real cloud environment, not in a simulation or demo environment. It does so by giving you new, temporary credentials that you use to sign in and access Google Cloud for the duration of the lab.
What you need
To complete this lab, you need:
- Access to a standard internet browser (Chrome browser recommended).
- Time to complete the lab.
Note: If you already have your own personal Google Cloud account or project, do not use it for this lab.
Note: If you are using a Pixelbook please open an Incognito window to run this lab.
How to start your lab and sign in to the Google Cloud Console
Click the Start Lab button. If you need to pay for the lab, a pop-up opens for you to select your payment method. On the left is a panel populated with the temporary credentials that you must use for this lab.
Copy the username, and then click Open Google Console. The lab spins up resources, and then opens another tab that shows the Sign in page.
Tip: Open the tabs in separate windows, side-by-side.
In the Sign in page, paste the username that you copied from the Connection Details panel. Then copy and paste the password.
Important: You must use the credentials from the Connection Details panel. Do not use your Qwiklabs credentials. If you have your own Google Cloud account, do not use it for this lab (avoids incurring charges).
Click through the subsequent pages:
- Accept the terms and conditions.
- Do not add recovery options or two-factor authentication (because this is a temporary account).
- Do not sign up for free trials.
After a few moments, the Cloud Console opens in this tab.
The Google Cloud Shell
Activate Google Cloud Shell
Google Cloud Shell is a virtual machine that is loaded with development tools. It offers a persistent 5GB home directory and runs on the Google Cloud. Google Cloud Shell provides command-line access to your Google Cloud resources.
In the Google Cloud Console, on the top right toolbar, click the Activate Cloud Shell button.
It takes a few moments to provision and connect to the environment. When you are connected, you are already authenticated, and the project is set to your PROJECT_ID. For example:
gcloud is the command-line tool for Google Cloud. It comes pre-installed on Cloud Shell and supports tab-completion.
You can list the active account name with this command:
gcloud auth list
Credentialed accounts: - <myaccount>@<mydomain>.com (active)
Credentialed accounts: - firstname.lastname@example.org
You can list the project ID with this command:
gcloud config list project
[core] project = <project_ID>
[core] project = qwiklabs-gcp-44776a13dea667a6
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