Now that the server is setup and has a full GUI, it’s time to start working with it. Using the console session of vSphere becomes very slow and a better way to do this is to remotely log into the server. However, you will first need to enable remote access to the machine.

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Set a Static IP Address

Since the server does not have the DNS role running yet we need to set a static IP. This will allow us to get to this machine consistently without having to discover the IP address each time. Once the DNS service is running we can just use the hostname of the server. But for now, a static IP will do the trick. Here is a shortcut to get right to your adapter, below is the long way.

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Set the IP address of your choice. Make sure it is outside the scope of your DHCP service. Set the gateway and DNS as the address of your router.

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Connecting to your Server

From Start screen type “mstsc” and hit Enter. This will bring up Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection.

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Put in the IP address that you sent earlier.

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Provide your Administrator Username and Password.

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Check “Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer” and select yes. You can typically ignore this error, it’s just a certificate warning.

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Now we can remotely connect to this server from within the LAN. This will allow us to manage this machine outside of vSphere and provide much smoother operation. I will go over more proper remote access settings in a future post.

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