Add a virtual machine to the virtual domain in a Project Server 2010 test environment


Applies to: Project Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-08-05

(This article is part 3 of the Microsoft Project Server 2010 test environment deployment series. The procedures in this article assume that you have read the series in sequence starting with Hyper-V quick start for creating a Project Server 2010 test environment.)

This article describes adding virtual machines to the litware.local domain. For Project Server 2010 to function correctly, you must add the remaining virtual machines to the domain before you install Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, and Project Server 2010.

For this series of articles, we assume the following IP address and minimum memory configuration for the domain:

Virtual machine IP Address RAM


512 MB


2 GB


2 GB


The memory configurations in this table are the minimum recommended for this configuration. If you experience performance issues, try adding memory, especially to the Litware-Proj virtual machine.

Video demonstration

This video shows the steps involved in configuring the virtual machine and joining it to the domain.

Screenshot of video

Watch the video ( To download a copy, right-click the link, and then click Save Target As.

Configuring the virtual machine

As with the domain controller, each virtual machine must have the virtual network adapter set to Internal Network before you configure the static IP address.

Perform the following procedure for the Litware-SQL and Litware-Proj virtual machines. Use the IP addresses listed in the table.

To configure a static IP address

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

  2. Click Network and Internet.

  3. Click Network and Sharing Center.

  4. Click Change Adapter Settings.

  5. Right-click local area connection, and then click Properties.

  6. On the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box, clear the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) check box.

  7. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.

  8. On the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties dialog box, select the Use the following IP address option, and then type the IP address for the virtual machine that you are configuring in the IP address box.

  9. In the Subnet mask box, type

  10. Select the Use the following DNS server addresses option, and then type in the Preferred DNS server box.

  11. Click OK.

  12. Click Close.

Once the static IP address has been configured for each virtual machine, you can join the virtual machine to the litware.local domain. Perform the following procedure on the Litware-SQL and Litware-Proj virtual machines.


The default Windows Server 2008 firewall settings can interfere with the ability to join the computer to a domain. If you have problems joining the virtual machines to the domain, contact a network administrator for help. Because this is a private network that is not connected to the corporate network or the Internet, you can also consider turning off Windows Firewall.

To connect to the domain

  1. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.

  2. Under Computer, name, domain, and workgroup settings, click Change settings.

  3. On the Computer Name tab, click Change.

  4. Select the Domain option, and then type litware.local.

  5. Click OK.

  6. In the Windows Security dialog box, type the user name and password of a domain account that has permissions to join the domain. (You can use the domain administrator account for this.)

  7. Click OK.

  8. On the Welcome to the domain dialog box, click OK.

  9. On the Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box, click OK.

  10. Click Close.

  11. Restart the virtual machine.

Once the virtual machines have been joined to the litware.local domain, the next step is to set up the domain accounts that you will need for Project Server 2010 and its associated applications. Proceed to the next article, Set up accounts for a Project Server 2010 test environment.