Please first of all check your windows vista edition,then open the
"readme.file" from setup disc or folder of windows 2003 server
std.edition.read the if it is written that"windows 2003 server for
windows xp,98,vista,etc."if not written vista then it will not join.
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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.
Is there a running Domain Controller present? If so DNS info is often stored in Active Directory (A.D. Inegrated DNS Zone). If this is the case you can just connect a server to the network, join the domian (verify DNS settings in TCI/IP config is pointing to Domain Controller) and then installm DNS from Add/Remove windows components. Zone data should replicate from AD to new DNS server, to verify open DNS console and look for resource records relevent to the domain.