Can we setup a sepearte network in the existing network without any issues


I have my machine which is connected to the domain.Is there a way that i install 2 xp machines and 1 win 2003 virtual machines in my machine and setup a Active directory setup for testing and have no issues .So that this net network does not reflect to the domain i am connecting.Is this possible.

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JimboEfxConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi Sharath,

You can use virtual pc or vmware products to create an isolated network. In virtual pc the option is "local only" for the virtual network cards of the virtual machines.


bsharathAuthor Commented:
Where can i download this software and if i setup these 3 OS machines can i make them talk with each other  but shoul not talk outside these 3 machines.
Can i install ADS,exchange with these 3 machines.
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Brian PierceConnect With a Mentor PhotographerCommented:
If you use the "local only" option on the virtual machines they will only be able to see and be seen by other virtual machines on the same host machine.

If you will be using "real" machines then you need to be a little more careful - especially when running network services such as DHCP and this is indiscriminate and will issue IPs etc to anyone that asks regardless of which "network" they are on.

To err on the side of caution and to prevent any possibility of any conflicts between the test domain and your production domain I would keep the two physically seperate.
bsharathAuthor Commented:
My main issue is i need to set this on my machine which is on the production network at the same time have say about 3 to 4 virtuall Os installed and have them as a seperate network except a DHCP server i will be installing ADS,DNS,WINS,Exchange,LCS etc.Will there be any issues.
Will i be able to make the 4 machines talk to each other.They by any chance shoul not talk to my production machine.
So if i select Local only there must be no problem.
DenisCooperConnect With a Mentor Commented:

you can use either the free version of vmware or microsoft virtual pc...

both will allow you to do what you want.

the only thing you need to do to is make sure they are on a different IP range then your current network. So for example, if you actual network is 192.168.0.x / then you could use 192.168.1.x /

this will allow all your virtual machines to talk to each other, but not talk to the rest of the network....

hope this helps,
bsharathAuthor Commented:
Even if i have a DHCP will it not allot ips to my production network...
it will, so you will need to set them statically.....
if you don't want to assign static addresses, then you would have to use the windows firewall to block any communication with your actual domain IP range....
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