How do I install Active Directory on my Windows Server 2003 server?
First make sure you read and understandActive Directory Installation Requirements. If you don't comply with all the requirements of that article you will not be able to set up your AD (for example: you don't have a NIC or you're using a computer that's notconnected to a LAN).
This article is only good for understanding how to install the
Domain, in a
, in a
. 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 the Windows 2003 ADPrep tip.
Windows 2000 Note:
Windows Server 2003 Note:
If you plan to install a new Windows Server 2003 DC in an existing AD forest please read thepage BEFORE you go on, otherwise you'll end up with 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
Properly configured TCP/IP (IP address, subnet mask and - optional - default gateway)
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)