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    Windows Server 2003 Install/Config

    I'm trying to expand my knowledge of setting up & configuring servers at home and am planning on setting up a mini "virtual network" with some VM's. I have basic knowledge of using things like AD but I've never actually installed and configured Windows 2003 server as a DC, File Server, Terminal Server etc etc.

    If anyone could point me towards some literature or step by step guides, tutorials etc, it would be appreciated.
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    Hi Rawns,

    This is a very good reference for knowing how to promote servers as PDC etc...

    However in simple terms, just go to a run prompt and type: DCPROMO then follow all on screen prompts.
    When complete, you will have a domain set up. Then its just a case of configuring DHCP, DNS etc...

    Here is the link I was referring to earlier: Step By Step Guide for Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller and DNS Server Setup | Windows Reference

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawns View Post
    I have basic knowledge of using things like AD but I've never actually installed and configured Windows 2003 server as a DC, File Server, Terminal Server etc etc.
    Don't worry: you just install Server 2003, add the appropriate role and follow the steps in the on-screen wizard. You'll learn more by just getting on with it and Googling for answers as any issues arrise. You are working on virtual machines, after all, on a test network, so any mistakes and you just roll back your VM to a fresh install of Server 2003 and try again.

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    I have recently created a test VM network and was wondering if anyone knows a good User creation script that I can use to create users, I have used RM networks and they make life very easy with the RMMC.

    I understand that it has to be written in vbs but was wondering if there is something out there already which i can use

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    Have you considered just going for a 2008 install? unless you plan to "test" an upgrade to 2008 in your environment?

    Configurations such as AD, DNS, FSMO roles remain very much the same

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    I work with server 2003 and want to test some things in the VM before trying it out live, I will also do a server 2008 install to learn in the near future



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