Setup a Free Active Directory Server for Your Lab

An Active Directory server can be a great addition to your lab environment. It can provide centralized user, group, DNS, Certificate Authority, and DHCP services. While many may not “need” this in a “LAB” environment, it is always good experience to use corporate/enterprise types of tooling when setting up a Lab environment. Unfortunately not everyone has the funds available to get Microsoft Windows Server Licenses, so this video highlights Zentyal Development Edition by walking you through a basic installation and configuration. By the end of this 20~ish minute video, we will have an Ubuntu 20.04 LTS server configured to provide the following functionality:

  • Active Directory (AD) Domain Controller
    • AD Test groups
    • AD Test users
  • DNS Server
  • NTP Server
  • Private Certificate Authority (CA)

I also show how to install a custom Certificate Authority cert in the Chromium browser on my Fedora 35 KDE VM.

Upcoming Zentyal related videos:

  • March 2nd, 2022: Setup Zentyal DHCP with Dynamic DNS
  • March 16th, 2022: Join Windows 11 Pro to Zentyal Domain
  • March 30th, 2022: Install vCenter 7.0.3 from Fedora and configure with Zentyal Active Directory
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