My home lab – third part

by | Aug 22, 2020 | HomeLab | 0 comments

Third post about my Home Lab.

On the first post you can read more about hardware. In the second post I wrote something about hardware changes and what was done – installing AD DS + DNS, installed virtual machines and joined to a domain. Nothing special.

But today we will install WAC – Windows Admin Center and Remote Support Administration Tools on one of a machine (HV01-M03). After that – we will install Azure AD Connect to synchronize our data with Azure AD.

First part. Installing WAC

As always before doing some changes in the lab – I’m doing a snapshot of my VM. It’s for backup purposes.

After that, I downloaded WAC from this URL and started installing.

Next, next, next… On-screen: Configure Gateway Endpoint I selected only the first checkbox. I will not use WinRM over HTTPS because I don’t have any certificates yet.

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On the next screen, I selected that I want to generate a certificate and redirect HTTP port 80 to HTTPS (443)

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After installation you should be able to open https://yourHostName (for me it’s: and see something like this:

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When you click Add, you can add a new Windows 10 devices, Windows Server, Server clusters, or Azure VMs. For now, I will add all of my servers – so I will choose Servers > Search Active Directory. As a server name, I will use * (wildcard) to search all servers.

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Now if you want to connect – just click a connect and provide username from local administrators group. It’s important not to use a domain account for that case. How to do this? Please read this blog post

And it’s everything. Now you can use WAC of any of your machines.

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Second part. Installing RSAT

So, we have installed a WAC and now we should install Remote Server Administration Tools on one of the machines to have a possibility to manage all our servers. Yes, we can use for that WAC too, but sometimes – it’s faster to user RSAT.

Just connect to the machine which will be used for that case and open Server Manager > Manage > Add Roles and Features Wizard. On the second step select your server. On Server Roles we don’t select anything, but on the next step, we will select the necessary tools to have installed in our environment.

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Third part. Installing Azure AD Connect

About Azure AD Connect I wrote four blog posts, but all of them are in the Polish Language so I will start from the beginning.

What is an Azure AD connect you can read here but the most important benefit is that you have one database for your users and users can use one password for Azure AD and local AD.

Ok, after downloading exe file from Microsoft site you can start installing AAD Connect.

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If you want to change default settings, service accounts or use another database for AAD Connect – select Customize or if you’re using it as I on home lab – select Use express settings

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A couple of next steps are logging to Global Administrator Account on your tenant, provide domain admin and password for this account and select if you want to start the synchronization after installation.

When the installation is completed – you will see this information:

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That means that you don’t have enabled Recycle Bin for your AD and it’s strongly recommended to enable it. How?

Enable-ADOptionalFeature 'Recycle Bin Feature' -Scope ForestOrConfigurationSet -Target "yourDomainName"
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On the end – you can open Azure AD site and check if there is active synchronization for your tenant:

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In the next part, we will cover some more functions about Azure AD Connect and prepare my lab to work with Intune.

Jakub Piesik

Jakub Piesik

Microsoft 365 Consultant

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