Servers - Configuring Domain Controller isn't hard if you do the
prerequisite work first...
Configuring Domain Controller
for your network,
Before starting you must have a server with these services configured: DNS,
WINS, and optional DHCP. If you selected Dynamic DNS when you set up your
DNS Service there will be extra steps involved with the configuration.
Why have a domain controller? The considerations for a domain controller are
numerous. The main reason for having a domain is security. The domain controller
(DC) ensures that anyone accessing a computer system on your network has two
items: a user ID and a
password. A domain controller has other
functions as well. Create and audit user ID's. A user ID allows the security
control over what resources the user accesses. The user ID can also be used with
e-mail and applications thus having a single log on
for all Domain related activities.
Servers - Configuring Domain Controller Instructions:
Note: You need to insure
you have the Computer Administrators password to continue with this process! If
you did not rename the administrator
account do it now,
this will become the Domain Administrator account
when you are complete.
I will assume that this is your first Domain Controller in your domain. You have
the IP addresses, and Domain Name ready. So now you need to create the Domain
You can use the Add/Remove programs applet or the Configure your server page.
I recommend the Configure your server page, the Wizard has a few more steps that
will save you time with pre-configuring the Domain Controller (DC).
When you open the Configure your Server Wizard, go to the Server Role page.
There you will see a list of Roles the server is configured for. Select 'Domain
Controller (Active Directory)'. Follow the prompts to create the DC
on your server.
The process is quite simple and straight forward because you have all ready met
the prerequisite installations.
As you go through the steps you need to select: domain
controller for a new domain tree. This being the first DC server.
Finish the installation and restart the computer. Log on with the Domain
Administrator's user ID and password.
Portions of these instructions were
extracted from the
Build a Server Guide.
Once you have installed the Domain then you will have access to more tools such
as Active Directory Users and Computers, Active Directory Sites and Services,
Active Directory Domains and Trusts, Distributed File System, and many more.
The main thing is that you have increased the security of your network a
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