Windows Server 2003 on stand alone

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by sandmania, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. sandmania

    sandmania Guest


    I am currently in the process of studying a Windows 2003 server environment
    Having installed a copy of windows 2003 server standard edition on my
    laptop, I am hoping to use it to better my understanding of windows server
    2003...i.e setting up domains, creating OU, group policy etc... managing and
    maintaining etc...creating domains etc..

    My 1st question is , is it possible to do all this on a stand alone laptop
    for learning purposes?

    My 2nd question, if the answer to the above is yes.
    I am having trouble with the basic installation of it onto a stand alone
    Having loaded windows 2003 onto a stand alone laptop, installed
    adminpak.msi, IIS and the certificate authority etc... I am unable to open
    and use Active Directory User and Computers as it states that I do not have a
    domain setup.

    Upon basic installation I did not specify a domain as it is a stand alone
    Should I have chosen a domain instead of choosing workgroup?

    Hope someone can help.
    sandmania, Jan 11, 2006
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  2. Hi,

    Answer to your first question is Yes.

    Answer to your second question is -- you need to promote your server to
    Active Directory domain controller. Until you do that it will be just a
    member of a workgroup and while it is member of a workgroup -- you can't
    (locally) use Active Directory Users and Computers.

    Simply put you need to run


    on your computer.

    My guess is this will be your first domain controller. If so this will be
    your first root domain. In this case here is a good article that can lead
    you through installation ...

    Deploying the Windows Server 2003 Forest Root Domain
    Miha Pihler [MVP], Jan 11, 2006
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  3. sandmania

    sandmania Guest


    Thanks for your response. I will give that a go and let you know how I get on.

    Thanks again
    sandmania, Jan 12, 2006
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