Table of Contents Test lab overviewHardware and software requirementsSteps for Configuring the Branch Office Test LabStep 1: Set up the Base Configuration test labStep 2: Set up the Apposite Technologies WAN emulatorStep 3: Configure the Corpnet subnetStep 4: Install and configure BOAPP1 Install the operating systemConfigure TCP/IP propertiesJoin BOAPP1 to the CORP domainInstall the Web Server (IIS) roleConfigure the HTTPS security bindingCreate a shared folderInstall and configure the DHCP Server service Step 5: Demonstrate connectivity from the branch officeStep 6: Configure WAN link emulationSnapshot the ConfigurationAdditional Resources
This Test Lab Guide (TLG) contains instructions for setting up a branch office test lab using three server computers, one client computer, and an
Technologies WAN emulator. The resulting branch office test lab provides an environment for configuring and testing branch office deployment scenarios over
a simulated WAN link.
Important The following instructions are for configuring a branch office test lab using the minimum number of computers. Individual computers are needed to separate the services provided on
the network and to clearly show the desired functionality. This configuration is neither designed to reflect best practices nor does it reflect a desired or recommended configuration for a production network. The configuration, including IP addresses and all
other configuration parameters, is designed only to work on a separate test lab network.
Attempting to adapt this test lab configuration to a pilot or production deployment can result in configuration or functionality issues.
In this test lab, the Contoso branch office is deployed with:
Note The instructions in this guide are for the Linktropy Mini2, but can be easily adapted to the Linktropy 5500 and 8500.
This TLG only requires the Corpnet subnet from the base configuration. See the following figure for the branch office test lab with an Apposite Technologies WAN emulator.
In this Test Lab Guide, you install the Apposite Technologies WAN emulator to forward traffic between the Corpnet and Branchnet subnets, make configuration updates to the computers on the Corpnet subnet, add an application server to the Branchnet subnet,
test connectivity between the subnets with CLIENT1, and then configure the Apposite Technologies device to perform WAN link emulation.
Note For a variation on this branch office configuration that replaces the Linktropy WAN emulator with two computers and an intermediate Wannet subnet, see
Test Lab Guide: Configure the Contoso Branch Office.
The following are required components of this test lab:
There are six major steps to follow when setting up a branch office test lab with an Apposite Technologies WAN emulator.
The following sections provide the details about how to perform these steps.
The branch office test lab requires the Corpnet subnet of the Base Configuration test lab as its starting point. If needed, create the Corpnet subnet of the base configuration test lab as described in the
Test Lab Guide: Base Configuration.
The Apposite Technologies WAN emulator acts as an IPv4 router and WAN link emulator between the Corpnet and Branchnet subnets. You will need an additional physical switch for the Branchnet subnet.
To install and configure the Linktropy Mini2
Note that the Branchnet subnet is using the IPv4 addressing guidelines described in
Updates to the Demonstrate IPv6 TLG and addressing guidelines for the Contoso Corporation.
To configure the computers on the Corpnet subnet to forward traffic to the Branchnet subnet through the Apposite Technologies WAN emulator, do the following:
If you have additional computers on the Corpnet subnet, perform the following steps on each of them to ensure that they will be able to send traffic to the branch office subnet:
BOAPP1 provides DHCP, web, and file sharing services in the branch office. BOAPP1 configuration consists of the following:
First, install Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise on BOAPP1.
To install the operating system
Next, configure TCP/IP.
To configure TCP/IP properties
Next, join BOAPP1 to the corp.contoso.com domain.
To join BOAPP1 to the CORP domain
Next, install the Web Server (IIS) role to make BOAPP1 a web server.
To install the Web Server (IIS) role
Next, configure the HTTPS security binding so that BOAPP1 can host HTTPS-based URLs.
To configure the HTTPS security binding
Next, create a shared folder and a text file within the folder on BOAPP1.
To create a shared folder
Next, install the DHCP Server service on BOAPP1 and configure it for the Branchnet subnet.
To install and configure the DHCP server role
Verify that intranet web and file share resources on BOAPP1 can be accessed by CLIENT1.
To test access to intranet resources
For scenarios that rely on reduced bandwidth across a WAN link, you configure the Apposite Technologies device to perform WAN link emulation between the Corpnet and Branchnet subnets.
To configure WAN link emulation settings for the Linktropy Mini2
This completes the branch office test lab. The result is a test lab environment that contains two subnets of the Contoso intranet separated by a simulated WAN link. You can now begin building out and experimenting with branch office scenarios and solutions.
To save this configuration so that you can quickly return to a working branch office configuration, do the following:
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