W2K3 AD on small home network

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  1. Mikoyan

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    I have a home network I wish to setup W2K3 Active Directory and DNS on for 5
    XP Pro (SP3) clients. The network address is 192.168.1.0 and I connect to
    the Internet over a simple wireless router, which at present provides a DHCP
    service. Currently the PCs (pre AD, so still in a workgroup) are picking up
    a 192.168.1.x address and preferred DNS is 192.168.1.1. I guess DNS is
    managed by the ISP.

    My question is what is the best way to set up AD and DNS? Should I install
    AD and let DNS install at the same time? Or should I configure DNS first? I
    know that the server running AD should NOT be multi-homed, and at present it
    is picking up a 192.168.1.2 address (and preferred DNS is 192.168.1.1) from
    the router.

    If I do configure DNS on the server for the 'mydomain.local' zone how do I
    ensure it does not conflict with the DNS being provided by my ISP?

    Thanks, Anastas
     
    Mikoyan, Dec 17, 2009
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  2. Hello Mikoyan,

    Normally you should disable DHCP on the router, but as you need wireless
    connectivity leave it running. Configure a fixed ip address for the DC/DNS
    server and exclude this address from the DHCP range on the router. Make SURE
    all domain machines use the DC/DNS server as DNS server address on the NIC,
    NOT the router. You will run into trouble if the router is used for DNS on
    the domain machines. Configure the FORWARDER on the DNS server properties
    to your ISPs DNS server, so internet access is no problem.

    Install DNS when running dcpromo, you will be asked for.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
     
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Dec 17, 2009
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  3. Mikoyan

    Mikoyan Guest

    Thank you Meinolf
     
    Mikoyan, Dec 17, 2009
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  4. Mikoyan

    Mikoyan Guest

    Jonathan,
    Thank you for taking the time to reply. I am in the process of reading and
    reflecting upon
    the content in the links you provided.

    Best Regards, Anastas.
     
    Mikoyan, Dec 17, 2009
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  5. Why disable DHCP? For the dc and/or other infrastructure components I can
    understand but I have a multitude of devices, handhelds, dvr's, netbook's,
    laptop's, etc... To much work, especially if my ISP changes the dns server,
    which has happened to me.

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    Paul Bergson [MVP-DS], Dec 23, 2009
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  6. I'm not sure what you mean by not disabling the router's DHCP, but I just
    wanted to point out that in my opinion, I wouldn't use the router's DHCP
    service. Many of them provide the router's IP as DNS, and cannot be changed
    (like the FIOS Verizon routers), which doesn't work with AD.

    Maybe this simple network layout can help the original poster:
    http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae147/acefekay/Newsgroup Assistance Visio Images/Webtechie.jpg


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    Ace Fekay [MCT], Dec 23, 2009
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  7. Looking over the full query I see why Meinolf suggested turning off dhcp.
    My mistake, I was not thinking about AD in the infrastructure only as a work
    group installation.

    --
    Paul Bergson
    MVP - Directory Services
    MCTS, MCT, MCSE, MCSA, Security+, BS CSci
    2008, 2003, 2000 (Early Achiever), NT4
    Microsoft's Thrive IT Pro of the Month - June 2009

    http://www.pbbergs.com

    Please no e-mails, any questions should be posted in the NewsGroup This
    posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
     
    Paul Bergson [MVP-DS], Dec 23, 2009
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