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How Do I Install Active Directory on My Windows Server 2003 Server

How Do I Install Active Directory on My Windows Server 2003 Server

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How do I install Active Directory on myWindows Server 2003 server?
 byDaniel Petri- January 8, 2009First make sure you read and understand Active Directory Installation Requirements.If  you don't comply with all the requirements of that article you will not be able to set upyour AD (for example: you don't have a NIC or you're using a computer that's notconnected to a LAN).
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Note:
This article is only good for understanding how to install the
FIRST DC
in a
NEWAD
Domain, in a
NEW TREE
, in a
NEW FOREST
. Meaning - don't do it for any other scenario, such as a new replica DC in an existing domain. In order to install a WindowsServer 2003 DC in an EXISTING Windows 2000 Domain follow theWindows 2003ADPreptip.
Windows 2000 Note:
If you plan to install a new Windows 2000 DC please readHow toInstall Active Directory on Windows 2000.
Windows Server 2003 Note:
If you plan to install a new Windows Server 2003 DC in anexisting AD forest please read the page BEFORE you go on, otherwise you'll end upwith the following error:
 
Here is a quick list of what you must have:
An NTFS partition with enough free space
An Administrator's username and password
The correct operating system version
A NIC
Properly configured TCP/IP (IP address, subnet mask and - optional - defaultgateway)
A network connection (to a hub or to another computer via a crossover cable)
An operational DNS server (which can be installed on the DC itself)
A Domain name that you want to use
The Windows Server 2003 CD media (or at least the i386 folder)
Brains (recommended, not required...)This article assumes that all of the above requirements are fulfilled.
Step 1: Configure the computer's suffix
(Not mandatory, can be done via the Dcpromo process).1.Right click My Computer and choose Properties.2.Click the Computer Name tab, then Change. 3.Set the computer's NetBIOS name. In Windows Server 2003, this CAN bechanged after the computer has been promoted to Domain Controller.
 
4.Click More. 5.In the Primary DNS suffix of this computer box enter the would-be domain name.Make sure you got it right. No spelling mistakes, no "oh, I thought I did itright...". Although the domain name
CAN
be changed after the computer has been promoted to Domain Controller, this is not a procedure that one should consider lightly, especially because on the possible consequences. Read more about it onmy Windows 2003 Domain Rename Toolpage.  6.Click Ok.7.You'll get a warning window.8.Click Ok.9.Check your settings. See if they're correct. 10.Click Ok.11.You'll get a warning window.12.Click Ok to restart.
Step 2: Configuring the computer's TCP/IP settings
You must configure the would-be Domain Controller to use it's own IP address as theaddress of the DNS server, so it will point to itself when registering SRV records andwhen querying the DNS database.

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