Setting Up Server 2008

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by John Stein, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. John Stein

    John Stein Guest

    Hello everyone. I am playing around with Server 2008 Enterprise. I have it
    installed as a virtual machine along with XP Pro, as a virtual machine. I
    would like to setup a domain and active directory with just those two
    operating systems. My tower is connected to a router and a cable modem.

    XP gets an IP address from the router. Is it possible to establish a domain
    and have my XP Pro VM join a domain, get an IP address from the server and
    have DNS working?

    Thanks.
     
    John Stein, Nov 14, 2009
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  2. Hello John,

    Yes, it is possible in a virtual environment. But for the ip addressing you
    have to choose either fixed addresses or disable DHCP on the router. Use
    only one DHCP server to avoid conflicts, server or router. But i prefer fixed
    addresses for the VMs, as for a server always.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
     
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Nov 14, 2009
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  3. John Stein

    John Stein Guest

    Thank you for your reply. So, I do not have to install DHCP server on the
    server itself?
     
    John Stein, Nov 14, 2009
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  4. Hello John,

    You can also use the router for DHCP.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
     
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Nov 14, 2009
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  5. John Stein

    John Stein Guest

    Well, I currently have a router which plays as a firewall, DHCP, and DNS. On
    the server, I run dcpromo and create a domain as well as in stall Active
    Directory. Is this a correct statement. On my client, I just have to join
    the domain, right?

    Do I leave DNS and DHCP on the router?
     
    John Stein, Nov 14, 2009
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  6. John Stein

    John Stein Guest

    All seems to work. Thank you.

     
    John Stein, Nov 14, 2009
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  7. Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Nov 14, 2009
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  8. John Stein

    John Stein Guest

    Thank you. I'm a bit confused with the configuration with DNS with 2008
    Server. Here is my setup:

    Buffalo router which plays as a DHCP server, DNS and firewall. A typical one
    you buy from the store. The default gateway is 192.168.11.1. I have my
    domain controller setup, but I've noticed that when I log into the server, I
    can't see my only client that is apart of my domain through Network
    neighborhood and I cannot see my server from my XP Pro client.

    Is this a DNS problem? How do I configure DNS?

    Thank you.
     
    John Stein, Nov 15, 2009
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  9. Hello John,

    Seeing the client over network neighbourhood requires that at least NetBIOS
    over TCP/IP is enabled on the NIC properties WINS settings. Additional if
    i remember correct you have to enable network discovery on the network and
    sharing center on the 2008 server.

    The ipconfig should look like this on the DC:

    ip 192.168.11.x
    sm 255.255.x.x (according to the routers)
    dg 192.168.11.1
    dns DC ip address (DNS server configured according to the previous article
    about FORWARDERS)

    XP machine similar as the DC, just a different machine ip address. So the
    DC as DNS server NOT the router.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
     
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Nov 15, 2009
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  10. John Stein

    John Stein Guest

    With the server IP address setup, I have the default gateway pointing to my
    router (192.168.11.1) and DNS pointing to itself (IP address of the server).
    On the DNS server, I have the DNS forwarder pointing to my router, which is
    192.168.11.1. That was the only configuration I made on the DNS server.

    Is this correct?
     
    John Stein, Nov 15, 2009
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  11. Hello John,

    Yes, you can do it that way, another option is to FORWARD to your ISPs DNS
    server and not to your router.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
     
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Nov 15, 2009
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