Jan 262008
 


Windows Server 2003 includes all the functionality customers expect from a mission critical Windows Server operating system, such as security, reliability, availability, and scalability. In addition, Microsoft has improved and extended the Windows server product family to enable organizations to experience the benefits of Microsoft .NET—a set of software for connecting information, people, systems, and devices.

This tutorial will explain how to create a first domain controller(DC) in your network or company includes DNS server setup in windows server 2003 .You have to install DNS server for DC without DNS the client computers wouldn’t know which one is DC.You can host DNS on a different server than DC.

Before Starting the DC installation process you need to make sure the following points

  • You have installed Basic windows server 2003 installation
  • Make sure you have assigned a static ip address to your server

Now start DC and DNS Setup process

First you need to go to Start–>All Programs–>Administrative Tools–>Manage Your Server

Here you need to select Add or remove a role

Verify the following steps click on Next

Select Server Role as Domain Controller option click on Next

Summary of Your Selections click on Next

Active Directory Installation Wizard click on Next

Click “Next” on the compatibility window

Next window select the default option of “Domain Controller for a new domain” and click “Next”

In this tutorial we will create a domain in a new forest, because it is the first DC, so keep that option selected

Now we have to think of a name for our domain. If you have a domain like windowsreference.com”, you can use it, but it isn’t suggested because computers nside of your domain may not be able to reach the company website. Active directory domains don’t need to be “real” domains like the one above – they can be anything you wish. So i will create “windowsreference.int”.

Now in order to keep things simple, we will use “windowsreferenc”, which is the default selection, as the NetBIOS name of the domain.

The next dialog suggests storing the AD database and log on separate hard disks and you can just leave the default settings.

The SYSVOL folder is a public share, where things like .MSI software packages can be kept when you will distribute packages and you can just leave the default settings or you can change the path.

Next Screen basically says that you will need a DNS server in order for everything to work the way we want it (i.e., our “windowsreference.int” to be reachable).we will install the DNS server on this machine or if you want you can installed else where select “Install and Configure…” and click next.

Here you need to select the permissions for win 2000 or win 2003 server if you have any NT4 select first option otherwise select second option and click next

The restore mode password is the single password that all administrators hope to never use, however they should also never forget it because this is the single password that might save a failed server.click next

Now we will see a summary of what will happen click next

Active directory installation process started this can take several minutes. It’s likely that you will be prompted for your Windows Server 2003 CD (for DNS) so have it handy.

Active directory Installation finish screen click Finish.

Now you need to select “Restart Now” option to reboot your server.

After rebooting you can see new option for logon

After logging in you can see similar to the following screen saying your server is now domain controller.

That’s it now your server is configured as domain controller and DNS server.

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  166 Responses to “Step By Step Guide for Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller and DNS Server Setup”

  1. dea sir,

    Plz domain server 2003 configuration

    my email address send.

    thank’s

    hasan

  2. thank you very much for the piece, is just what i need

  3. Thanks For Given The Information

  4. i will be very happy to see if i can configure it my self.
    thanks lot.

  5. Thank you very very muchf for this information

  6. dear support,

    thank u for u r support

    regards

    jay

  7. It is a good & useful information for beginer I have here an question if sometime an error occured when “atempting to join domain the network path not found” what is best solution for this error.
    I will appriciate to solve this problem.

    Best Regards!

  8. Dear Sir Plz Guide me about windows server 2003 complete configurations and guidelines of Active Directory , DNS
    & DHCP i have run 50 clients in my network but the server is down for hardware failure and now i want to move the server to new one so pls give me detailed reply how i configure complete server … thnks

  9. thanks so much. am beginning from scratch. i know this will be of great help

  10. please can you give me a step by step instruction on how to add a new client on a server 2003

  11. thank you very much for the piece, is just what i need

    thanks :)

  12. thanx for these great screenshots they really helped me out

  13. pplzzzzzzzzz help me

    when i configure domain then last time overflow error is coming &active directory is not installed sir plz help me

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  15. wonderful… trying it now…

  16. Thank you so much for giving us such a great guidance

  17. Dear sir,

    I have 5 domain in one AD server in one forest . I want to hide some user’s local resources and C: drive for the users please send me Group Policy Settings for that…..

    Regards,
    Er. SAMPAT L. LOHAR

  18. I want backup domain controller server2003 guide

  19. Good post and very helpful.

  20. pplzzzzzzzzz help me

    when i configure domain then last time overflow error is coming &active directory is not installed sir plz help me.
    at that moment what should i do.

  21. thanks for the good information it is very helpfull

  22. Thank u very much sir

  23. hi all plz help me any one
    i have installed server2003 in one pc and i have laptop of win
    07,for practice purpose i am planing domain setup how to add my laptop to server as client pc plz help me any ane

  24. Step by step it is very helpful to learn things.

  25. sir,
    i have 30 pc’s & i want creat a server 2003, but i dont’t have any expriance in sever. so’ plz guid me how to creat my server & how to configure policies

    thnkx

  26. Verry Good…..

  27. need support to confiugure windows xp client side, i have done successfully domain controller. here now domain concept is there, where all people save there data on hard disk. i want that they should save data in domain .. they login with there name and they can see there folder only which is on server.. they work they save they create file what ever and at the end of the day i can take complete back from server rather then moving on to individual client

    need help appreciate for your support

  28. Hi everybody,

    I was trying to add a Windows XP Professional computer to a Windows Server 2003 domain when i encountered this error message shown below:

    ” A domain controller for the domain nwtraders could not be contacted”

    How do i resolve this issue? Note: i could ping server 2003 ip address successfully from windows xp pro computer. Can anyone help untavel this issue?

    OLU.

  29. very thank u sir helpful in this guide method

  30. thank u dear friend

  31. ur all donky i want know how configured dns and ur showing installation

    have u not understand any thing
    what are you expecting

  32. thanks it is very-very clear steps

  33. hey can u help!!
    i want to set up policy restricted to certain groups created and not apply to all the users in the server 2008.

  34. Nice one! It is very helpful…

  35. Dear friend its realy helps me thanks alot

  36. I really like this course it’s shows very well thanks to you

  37. Thanks very helpful!

  38. hi ,nice and i want to lot thin in server side operations

  39. hi,
    kindly help me out im finding a problem running a 2003 server on a dell opetilex 380 that has 500GB and 4GB RAM , for each time i try to run it, after im done is turn to blue screen. so what can i do in dis event pls?

    lastly, im setting up a DC SERVER that has 2003 server how do i go doing dis step by step? and how do i go about setup a client PC

  40. hi,
    kindly help me out im finding a problem running a 2003 server on a dell opetilex 380 that has 500GB and 4GB RAM , for each time i try to run it, after im done is turn to blue screen. so what can i do in dis event pls?

    lastly, im setting up a DC SERVER that has 2003 server how do i go doing dis step by step? and how do i go about setting up a client PC to join the Domain?
    thanks

  41. Good Post !!! It’s informative.
    Thank you :)

  42. Thanks very helpful!

  43. Thanks for the manual. It is very clear and it helped me a lot.

  44. hi,

    can anyone help us..
    i have a problem in our school,, i’m going to design a network that has 3 laboratory.. then we have also 1 cisco router.. then every computer laboratory we’re going to assign diff. ip for distributing internet connection, because we are going to control if we are going to distribute or not to the one of the laboratory.. do i need to configure the dhcp on my server..

    thanks in advance for the help…

  45. good result has shown in my server..!thanks guys.

  46. I really find this helpful and could now set up my own Network with Domain containing PDC….
    THAnks….Yakatipusa.

  47. thank u

  48. Great Info…Ocean of thanks to all

  49. thanks so much. am beginning from scratch. i know this will be of great help

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