Active Directory Lab using Hyper-V Virtualization Platform


  • You don’t need to know anything. I’ll hold you by the hand and show you how to do everything step by step from beginning to end.

  • Windows 2012 data center edition iso image - trial version can be downloaded from Microsoft.

  • Windows 10 iso image - trial version can be downloaded from Microsoft

  • Windows 7



Free download of 100 page manual providing step-by-step instructions for setting up the lab. Will be adding tutorials before 9/30 on how to monitor Windows network using Elastic Stack. Will setup Kali, Ubuntu, Elastic, Kibana, and Logstash. Logs will be forwarded from Windows system to Elastic, and dashboards with metrics and charts will be created in Kibana.

In this course, I’m going to show you how to setup a production like Active Directory lab with many client systems. All this is done on one host computer running Windows 10. Whether you are interested in learning about Windows administration, need a platform to test your hacking techniques, or want to test your software in a variety of operating systems, this course will help you do just that!

Setting up a secure active directory home lab is an uphill task for any newbie IT professionals, but it is an absolute requirement for anyone getting into the IT or security field to have a playground for learning purposes. This video series is one of the most authoritative and detailed step-by-step instructions on how to set up an active directory based hacking lab. In this comprehensive video series, I’ll show you how to install and configure a lab from scratch using Hyper-V technologies. I made an informed decision to move away from VMWare technologies, as it was very expensive! Since I was starting from scratch, I thought of recording the whole process, so anyone trying to accomplish the same goals will be benefited. The entire lab is set up in one machine with an i7 chipset, 16GB ram, and 256 GB SSD. All the internal lab machines will have full internet connectivity. We will configure PFsense firewall between lab network and the host system, which will protect the host from any malware infection by the lab systems. I recommend following the tutorials in the same order as laid out in the video series. At the end of the series, you will have a lab similar to the one shown in the course video. I’ll use the same lab for my other hacking and pentesting training which is the development process. I promise that you will learn a lot by following this series. Strap your belts and get ready for an exciting ride!

Who this course is for:

  • Students with passion in IT and looking for simple instructions to set up active directory based home lab
  • Anyone trying to get Microsoft certified
  • Anyone who wants to learn Active Directory and how to set it up step-by-step
  • Learn about Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization platform
  • Anyone struggling to setup a home lab for practicing the skills
  • Anyone with passion in security and need a hacking lab