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Article ID: 113933, created on May 18, 2012, last review on Oct 15, 2014

  • Applies to:
  • Operations Automation 5.5
  • Operations Automation 5.0

Preparing the host

To prepare the required host, perform the following actions (detailed instructions are provided in the POA Windows Hosting Infrastructure Deployment guide >> Common Operations > Configuring Windows Node):

  1. Configure the BackNet Network Interface of the host.
  2. Change the name of the host.
  3. Join the host to the Active Directory (AD) domain.
  4. Enable the DHCP Client Service section on the host.
  5. Perform the DNS Registration section on the host. To install the prerequisites, perform the following actions:
  6. Log on to the host as Administrator.
  7. Go to Start > Administrative Tools and open the Server Manager.
  8. In the Roles Summary area, click Add Roles, and then click Next.
  9. Select the Web Server (IIS) Role and click Next twice.
  10. Check all roles in Web Service and Management Tools and click Next.
  11. Click Install.
  12. When the installation is complete, click Close.
  13. For Windows Server 2008: install Windows PowerShell v. 2.0 (; restart the host after the installation.
  14. For Windows Server 2008 R2: install the FIX: IISCertObj methods fail on a computer that is running the Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5 hotfix ( Restart the host if it is required.

Installing AD DS Snap-Ins and Command-Line Tools

  1. Log on to the WPE node as a member of the local Administrators group.
  2. Open a command prompt and run the following command: ServerManagerCmd -i RSAT-ADDS
  3. Restart the WPE node if it is requested.

Installing Exchange Server 2010 Management Tools

If the target Active Directory Domain is intended for Exchange Server 2010 SP2 (Enterprise Mode), you must install the Exchange Server 2010 Management Tools on each WPE service host:

  1. Log on to the required host using an account that is a member of the Domain Administrators group.
  2. Open the Command Prompt, and navigate to the Exchange Server 2010 installation files.
  3. Run the following command: /mode:install /roles:MT /InstallWindowsComponents

Important: Use the Exchange Server 2010 SP2 distribution media to install the Exchange Server 2010 Management Tools.

Installing MS SQL Server

Use the standard procedure for installing MS SQL Server. On the Database Engine Configuration screen, select the Mixed Mode authentication mode. Detailed instructions are provided in the POA Windows Hosting Infrastructure Deployment guide >> Deploying Windows Hosting Infrastructure > Deploying Parallels Windows Provisioning Engine > Installing MS SQL Server.

Installing POA Agent on Parallels Windows Provisioning Engine Host

Install the Parallels Operations Automation (POA) Agent on the host(s) where the WPE service is installed. Detailed installation instructions are provided in the POA Windows Hosting Infrastructure Deployment guide >> Common Operations > Configuring Windows Node > Installing POA Agent.

Configuring SQL Server Login (MS SQL Server 2008 Only)

For MS SQL Server 2008 (standalone or clustered) only, after the POA Agent installation, you can create a SQL Server login for the pem_admin domain account and add the login as a member of the sysadmin server role:

  1. On the required MS SQL Server host, open the Command Prompt (cmd.exe).
  2. Execute sqlcmd.exe -S SERVER_NAME\INSTANCE_NAME where SERVER_NAME is the hostname, NETBIOS name, or IP Address of the MS SQL Server or MS SQL Server Cluster; and INSTANCE_NAME is the name of the MS SQL Server instance.
  3. Execute CREATE LOGIN [DOMAIN_NAME\pem_admin] FROM WINDOWS, where DOMAIN_NAME is the NETBIOS name of the AD Domain.
  4. Execute GO.
  5. Execute EXEC master..sp_addsrvrolemember @loginame = N'DOMAIN_NAME\pem_admin', @rolename = N'sysadmin'.
  6. Execute GO.
  7. Execute EXIT.Note: You may also use SQL Server Management Studio to execute the SQL commands.

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