Windows Automated Lab with Vagrant
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The lab is setup as described in the diagram:
    .50 |     .51 |        .52 |        .53 |
        |         |            |            |
        |         |            |            |
    +------+  +-------+  +----------+  +--------+
    |      |  |       |  |          |  |        |
    | dc01 |  | web01 |  | client01 |  | adfs01 |
    |      |  |       |  |          |  |        |
    +------+  +-------+  +----------+  +--------+
  • dc01: setup a domain controller for domain lab.local, all other servers are joined to the domain.
  • web01: setup an IIS server for FQDN www.lab.local with windows integrated authentication activated.
  • client01: another server that acts as a client. Chrome is installed and setup to work do allow for WIA authentication with *.lab.local.
  • adfs01: [EXPERIMENTAL] setup an ADFS server for experimentation with external domain extlab.local.


Before you run vagrant up edit the Vagrantfile to adapt those variables:

$NET_PREFIX       = "172.16.124"
$BRIDGE_IF        = "vmnet1"
$DOWNLOADS_DIR    = "/Volumes/EXT/Downloads"

The network prefix should be adapted to whatever network you bridge too (make sure the IPs 50 to 53 are free or change them as well in the file). All VMs are bridge to the same interface. In my case the VMWare network that hosts my virtual Netscaler instance. The download dir should contain googlechromestandaloneenterprise.msi which can be downloaded from here:


To test that IIS and WIA authentication are properly setup go to the client01 VM, open a PowerShell console and execute the following command:

C:\Sysinternals\psexec -accepteula -u LAB\Alice -p Passw0rd "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore" http://www.lab.local/

If everything went according to plan you should see Hello World! in the browser.

Annex 1: NetScaler Setup

Lab setup for NetScaler testing

I also use the lab for NetScaler configuration testing. In which case I would launch NetScaler in VMWare Fusion (hence the bridge with vmnet1):

                            |      |
                            | ns01 |
                            |      |
                       NSIP .10 | .11 SNIP                 | .12 VIP
    .50 |     .51 |        .52 |        .53 |
        |         |            |            |
        |         |            |            |
    +---+--+  +---+---+  +-----+----+  +----+---+
    |      |  |       |  |          |  |        |
    | dc01 |  | web01 |  | client01 |  | adfs01 |
    |      |  |       |  |          |  |        |
    +------+  +-------+  +----------+  +--------+

To test NetScaler authentication: ensure the lab was created with variable environment WITH_NETSCALER set to true or execute provisioning files 03_populate_AD2.ps1 in DC01 and 05_populate_adfs.ps1 in ADFS01.

NetScaler configuration

After provisioning a NetScaler instance place a license file in the licenses directory (by default the script uses ns01.lic)

To connect to the NetScaler instance:

./NSConfig.ps1 -Connect

This command will completely reset your NetScaler instance to prepare it for a new configuration:

./NSConfig.ps1 -Reset
./NSConfig.ps1 -Bootstrap

Finally deploying the configuration is done with:

./NSConfig.ps1 -Verbose

If you do not require a full instance reset (with certificate file and license cleanup), you can use:

Clear-NSConfig -Level Full -Force; ./NSConfig.ps1 -Verbose

Those two commands allow for a faster feedback loop when working on the NetScaler configuration.

NetScaler configuration testing

To test the NetScaler configuration, just enter [https://www.extlab.local][https://www.extlab.local] into a browser in the client01 host.

Annex 2: Certificate generation

We use auto-signed SSL certificates in the lab. They are stored in the certs directory and where generated with the code present in Contrib\New-TestCertificates.ps1.

The ADFS Token Signing certificate is generated during ADFS installation and stored in the tmp directory. The certificate is then reused by the NetScaler configuration script. This directory's content is not committed to source control because each ADFS installation will be different.

Annex 3: Generating the lab's Windows base box

Vagrant uses base boxes to build virtual machines. To build the base box for this lab you will need to install [Packer][] and :

git clone
cd packer-templates
packer build -force -only virtualbox-iso vbox-2012r2-wmf5.json

Once the base box is built, import it with the following command:

vagrant box add --name windows2012r2min-wmf5-virtualbox

You should be ready to go.

Before running packer, you might want to customize the build to your preferences. For instance, the keyboard layout can be changed here: