This is the first post in the series – Creating a highly available web farm with Windows Server 2012

Before we get started with the Active Directory configuration, I’ll just step through some of the basic setup.


I have 2 x desktop PC’s with a quad core CPU, 16GB of RAM, a single 1TB HD and with a single NIC each.

I also have an old DELL 2950 server with 2 Dual core CPU’s that’s been retired from our production host fleet.

For shared storage, I am using a Synology DS1511+ NAS that we use in our office for some backups and testing. It’s a great NAS that can very quickly and easily present iSCSI Targets.


As this web farm is being built in a testing environment within my local LAN, I’ll be using all internal IP addresses in the range (plus a few IP’s in a range which I’ll explain later)


All servers will be Hyper-V VM’s running on Windows Server 2012 on the hardware listed above.

I will be naming my servers (rather unimaginatively):

  • AD01
  • FS01
  • FS02
  • WEB01
  • WEB02
  • WEB03
  • WEB04
  • SQL01
  • SQL02
  • CLIENT01


So that we can easily manage user and server permissions, we will be creating an Active Directory name called webfarm.local.

By now you should have an idea of the amount of time I put into coming up with naming conventions!

Next Step – Configuring Active Directory (Coming Soon)

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