Virtualising a DC to learn more about AD/tinker/break all of the things?
Basically, uh, yeah. Where do I start?
We have the ISO of 2008 R2 and of course, the license to use it. I'm looking to build a DC that's detached from our domain and basically tinker around with AD/etc without risking any damage (because I'd have to be dimmer than Mr. Gove to make any alterations to the live AD when I don't know what I'm doing) and see what I can learn.
Where to begin actually virtualising a server?
Would anybody recommend any specific software?
Do I just host it on my machine or do I need a separate box? (In which case, is it worth virtualising at all if I need another physical machine?)
I've never really handled creating a virtual server before, rather than just logging on and doing things like it were a normal machine.