basic network setup

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by JRL, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. JRL

    JRL Guest

    I am setting up Server 2008 in a home office, with one pc as a server and
    two other vista pc's.
    I have named the domain (for this example ) and this
    name is registered with a DNS hosting service.

    The main reason for setting up the server was to have ftp and IIS. Now I'd
    like to set up a basic network, where the vista pc will log in to the server
    for file and print services. I don't need roaming profiles. I would like to
    use active directory services to control file accesses and quotas.

    Could you please provide some basic guidance as to what I should be
    configuring in order to design this kind of setup? If there are any
    walkthrough's or video demonstrations, that would be best.

    Thanks, JRL
    JRL, Jul 20, 2009
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  2. Hello JRL,

    Basic network setup is that not really. You talk about Active directory which
    is installed easy with some clicks. But then the work is starting. AD relies
    fully on DNS, so this configuration must be correct. Then policies cone into
    play, where you have to know at least some basics.

    Also IIS, SQL or Exchange should not be installed on a server where AD is
    running, security and performance reasons. AD is the heart of the domain
    and if someone is able to hack that machine the complete domain is open to
    the hacker. Also a domain should have at least 2 domain controllers with
    GC and DNS for redundancy and failover.

    See here about some basic documents especially "Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step
    Guide for DNS in Small Networks.doc":

    For AD start here:

    Group policies:

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Jul 20, 2009
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