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DHCP installation problem

I have started installing active directory for the first time on windows server 2003. the role adding wizard requested DNS and DHCP to be added. after completing the installtion, i tried to configure DHCP but gave that server is not running on the specified host (or somthing like that). i think i made a mitsake in IPs during installtion. i tried to add scope but it is dimmed, i tried to authonticate server but did not help. i removed DHCP and reinstalled it but the wizard did not show the configuration steps that i have seen in the first installtion. my question is: 1. how to remove DHCP completely so that the wizard will show the IP cinfiguration asked during first installation. 2. how can i correct the problem since DHCP service is already running, but i can not point to the correct direction to the server thanks, ps i am first time user for active directory and DHCP, so forgive my ignorance

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First of all, read this M$ article on setting up DHCP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/139904

Secondly, check the following:
1. You have defined a valid scope and ACTIVATED it
2. You have AUTHORISED the DCHP server in Active Directory (see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc759688(WS.10).aspx)
3. Make sure that there are enough unused IPs in the address pool
Make sure that the DHCP server service is running - and check the EVENT LOG for errors
4. Make sure that there is no other, especially unauthorized, DHCP servers (i.e. router with DHCP enabled)

Actually the best article overall to review is http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781697(WS.10).aspx, which gives a big picture view regarding the role of DHCP autorization and what can happen in a mixed environment

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How to set DNS setting


This step-by-step article describes how to install and configure DNS on your Windows Server 2003 computer.

Before You Start loadTOCNode(2, 'summary'); Before you start to configure your DNS, you must gather some basic information. Internic must approve some of this information for use on the Internet, but if you are configuring this server for internal use only, you can decide what names and IP addresses to use.

You must have the following information:
  • Your domain name (approved by Internic).
  • The IP address and host name of each server that you want to provide name resolution for.
Note: The servers may be your mail servers, public access servers, FTP servers, WWW servers, and others.

Before you configure your computer as a DNS, verify that the following conditions are true:
  • Your operating system is configured correctly. In the Windows Server 2003 family, the DNS service depends on the correct configuration of the operating system and its services, such as TCP/IP. If you have a new installation of a Windows Server 2003 operating system, then you can use the default service settings. You do not have to take additional action.
  • You have allocated all the available disk space.
  • All the existing disk volumes use the NTFS file system. FAT32 volumes are not secure, and they do not support file and folder compression, disk quotas, file encryption, or individual file permissions
Install DNS loadTOCNode(2, 'summary');
  1. Open Windows Components Wizard. To do so, use the following steps:
    1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Add or Remove Programs.
    2. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  2. In Components, select the Networking Services check box, and then click Details.
  3. InSubcomponents of Networking Services, select the Domain Name System (DNS) check box, click OK, and then click Next.
  4. If you are prompted, in Copy files from, type the full path of the distribution files, and then click OK.
Configure DNS loadTOCNode(2, 'summary');
  1. Start the Configure Your Server Wizard. To do so, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Configure Your Server Wizard.
  2. On the Server Role page, click DNS server, and then click Next.
  3. On the Summary of Selections page, view and confirm the options that you have selected. The following items should appear on this page:
    • Install DNS
    • Run the Configure a DNS Wizard to configure DNS
    If the Summary of Selections page lists these two items, click Next. If the Summary of Selections page does not list these two items, click Back to return to the Server Role page, click DNS, and then click Next.
  4. When the Configure Your Server Wizard installs the DNS service, it first determines whether the IP address for this server is static or is configured automatically. If your server is currently configured to obtain its IP address automatically, the Configuring Components page of the Windows Components Wizard prompts you to configure this server with a static IP address. To do so:
    1. In the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box, click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.
    2. In the Internet Protocols (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box, click Use the following IP address, and then type the static IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway for this server.
    3. In Preferred DNS, type the IP address of this server.
    4. In Alternate DNS, type the IP address of another internal DNS server, or leave this box blank.
    5. When you finish setting up the static addresses for your DNS, click OK, and then click Close.
  5. After you click Close, the Configure a DNS Server Wizard starts. In the wizard, follow these steps:
    1. On the Select Configuration Action page, select the Create a forward lookup zone check box, and then click Next.
    2. To specify that this DNS hosts a DNS zone that contains DNS resource records for your network resources, on the Primary Server Location page, click This server maintains the zone, and then click Next.
    3. On the Zone Name page, in Zone name, specify the name of the DNS zone for your network, and then click Next. The name of the zone is the same as the name of the DNS domain for your small organization or branch office.
    4. On the Dynamic Update page, click Allow both nonsecure and secure dynamic updates, and then click Next. This makes sure that the DNS resource records for the resources in your network update automatically.
    5. On the Forwarders page, click Yes, it should forward queries to DNS servers with the following IP addresses, and then click Next. When you select this configuration, you forward all DNS queries for DNS names outside your network to a DNS at either your ISP or central office. Type one or more IP addresses that either your ISP or central office DNS servers use.
    6. On the Completing the Configure a DNS Wizard page of the Configure a DNS Wizard, you can click Back to change any of the settings. To apply your selections, click Finish.
After you finish the Configure a DNS Wizard, the Configure Your Server Wizard displays the This Server is Now a DNS Server page. To review all the changes that you made to your server in the Configure Your Server Wizard or to make sure that a new role was installed successfully, click Configure Your Server log. The Configure Your Server Wizard log is located at %systemroot%\Debug\Configure Your Server.log. To close the Configure Your Server Wizard, click Finish.

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Have you ever forgotten Active Directory (AD) password? Do you know how to reset AD password? Is there any Windows password reset software to do AD password reset? If not, what to do to reset AD password? Before answering these questions and do AD password reset, you need to what is active directory, Windows domain and domain controller.
What is Active Directory?Active Directory is used by system administrators to store information about users, assign security policies, and deploy software. It was released first with Windows 2000 Server edition and refined further in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and was renamed Active Directory Domain Services. AD components include such domains, domain controllers, trust relationships, forests, organizational units, etc. What is a domain controller?
According to Wiki, a domain controller is a server that responds to security authentication requests (logging in, checking permissions, etc.) within the Windows Server domain. The domain controllers in your network are the centerpiece of your Active Directory service. It stores user account information, authenticates users and enforces security policy for a Windows domain. When you install Windows Server on a computer, you can choose to configure a specific server role for that computer. When you want to create a new domain, or an additional domain controller in an existing domain, you configure the server with the role of domain controller by installing AD DS.
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So it is hard to say if there any windows password recovery software can reset AD password. Windows password recovery software like Windows Password Unlocker Enterprise can allow you to reset domain administrator password on Active directory for Windows server 2000/2003/2008.
Steps to reset domain administrator password
  • Step 1: Download and install Windows Password Unlocker Enterprise in any available computer.
  • Step 2: Run the software and insert a USB flash drive to computer.
  • Step 3: Select Domain Administrator and target USB drive, and then click the Burn button to start burning an ISO image file to the USB flash drive.
  • Step 4: Click ok when burning process is completed.
  • Step 5: Insert the burned USB flash drive to your locked computer and set the computer to boot from USB.
  • Step 6: Choose the way to reset AD password.
  • 2 options for you to reset domain password
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  • Option 1: Reset the default domain administrator password to Pa123456
  • Option 2: Reset AD password by creating a specified domain administrator account.
  • Step 7: Click YES to continue and click Ok when the domain password has been successfully reset.
Now you can log on your domain with the user name of administrator and password of 'Pa123456' if you select option 1. If you select option 2, you can log on domain with the username of 'passkiller' and password of 'Pa123456'.

on Oct 13, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Thank you for the last one. know i want to set up mu 3laptops on the windows server 2008 r2 standered and use the server as a domain and the laptops as well like a domain.


first you need to setup the roles in the server, go to the manage server console, ( can be found as a shortcut in the taskbar or under start menu ) then open the console and go to add roles.

1 - add active directory

2 - in the process it will ask you to install the DNS server role ( do it )

3 - after installing the role in the CMD command prompt type DCPROMO

4 - the DC controller installation and setup will beging ( do not do anything during this proccess )

5 - when asked by DC setup to choose what type of domain functionality level do the following

1 - windows 2003 ( this is for compatibility for windows server running 2003 and XP machines )

2 - Windows Server 2008 ( at this point nothing lower than XP can be added to the DC of course domain functionalities will increase - Only other 2008 server domain controller can be added and cluster migration from server 2003 to 2008 is not supported. )

3 - Windows Server 2008 R2 ( at this point only machines running Vista and 7 can be added to domain - windows xp is no longer supported. All the functionalities of the domain controller are available)

keep in mind once you promote the domain controller to a higher level it can't be brouht to a lower level.

once active directory is installed restart you server and the you should be able to add the clients pc or laptos to the DC example

- right click over my computer icon
- click on properties
- computer name
- change the computer from workgroup to domain
- type your FQDN ( fully qualified domain name) example: mynetwork.local or mysite.com
- apply changes and restart
- your computer will be part of the domain next time system boots up.

Mar 01, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Installation active directory


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Jun 07, 2010 | Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard...

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I have win2003 i want it serover what can i do


Hello,

You can do a lot with this operating system.

Some of his features are: DOMAIN Controller, Active Directory, Ftp Server, DHCP, Web Server, Terminal Server, File server etc.
Here i have some very useful links.

About Windows 2003 Server Editions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Server_2003
Futures: http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsServer2003/evaluation/features/default.mspx

Configuring DNS Server: http://www.petri.co.il/install_and_configure_windows_2003_dns_server.htm

Configuring DHCP Server: http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-server-2003/install-and-configure-dhcp-server-in-win-server-2003-step-by-step-guide/

Configuring File Server: http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/File_Server_Windows_2003.html

Configure Printing Server: http://www.brightrev.com/how-to/enterprise/55-best-practices-for-setting-up-a-windows-print-server.html

Configure FTP Server: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323384

Configure Active Directory: http://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/windows-2003-active-directory-setupdcpromo/

Configure Web Server: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324742

All these are only some of his features.

I hope is useful to you and your friends

Mar 13, 2010 | Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise...

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Ans


Hello,

this is not a sufficient to answer. but, you can get some idea in the following information:

if you have a plan to install AD:
  • install AD using manage your server wizard. (or)
  • install AD using DCPROMO command
After, you have to follow the AD installation instructions to store the ntds and sysvol files.

installing dns, is also need for a domain to adding clients.

after this, you can get your desired domain controller and active director users and computers information.

i think, this may be useful for you.

thanks,

Feb 12, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2003 for...

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Windows server


Hello,

my suggestion is: without ADS, we cannot create a domain server(till 2003 server). because, ADS is only known as Server and also it is the primary record for a domain creation.

we can go for installing ADS, by two methods.

1. using "dcpromo" command

2. Go to Administrative tools on the control panel. we can see the manage your server wizard. work with this.

we can install some services later, like dns,dhcp,ris. but ADS is the primary part.

bye,

Jan 27, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2003 for...

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Regarding ActiveDirectory Services in Windows system


Active Directory (AD) is a technology created by Microsoft that provides a variety of network services, including: using the same database, for use primarily in Windows environments. Active Directory also allows administrators to assign policies, deploy software, and apply critical updates to an organization. Active Directory stores information and settings in a central database. Active Directory networks can vary from a small installation with a few hundred objects, to a large installation with millions of objects (though not easily [3]).
Active Directory was previewed in 1996, released first with Windows 2000 Server edition, and revised to extend functionality and improve administration in Windows Server 2003. Additional improvements were made in both Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2008.
Active Directory was called NTDS (NT Directory Service) in older Microsoft documents. This name can still be seen in some AD binaries.
There is a common misconception that Active Directory provides software distribution. Software distribution is run by a separate service that uses additional proprietary schema attributes that work in conjunction with the LDAP protocol. Active Directory does not automate software distribution, but provides a mechanism by which other services can provide software distribution.

Jul 01, 2008 | Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2003 for...

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First timer installing a Server network


Well i'm just going to start where i would start. First off, how do your machines on the network get their IP? DHCP?

Is the first listed DNS server the AD server? 192.168.1.1?

Also make sure your using case sensitive domain information when your trying to connect. It is rare but i have had that be my trouble.

I have remote software available and would love to help you fix this hands on if possible. I live for network problems ;)

Sep 29, 2007 | Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2003 for...

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