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Huge home project
« on: November 25, 2011, 11:46:56 pm »
Recently I've taken a liking to Microsoft's AD DS services in Windows 2008. I must say that it is a huge improvement over 2003, and resolves a lot of issues, while expanding the functionality of my network. Now my computers are currently not running professional, and I cannot place them on a domain, but I can have fun with a few test computers and learn crap before I deploy it. Overall it will cost a fair bit of money in licenses for this junk to get running, but hey.

Lets dive right in.

I have a VM server running two servers with Windows server 2008 standard x32. My VM server cannot handle 64 bit. So I added the services AD DS and hit next under server roles. The services will install then hit Start>type DCPROMO.EXE. This will launch the Domain controller promotion wizard. Now I'm not doing a walk through I'm giving a documentation of what I did. SOOOOO

I installed a DNS server, and made it the head of the forest. The forest domain is AGOA.local. From what I've learned a .local domain will make things happy and work just fine. I've had trouble with something like hanksbro.com for a domain, because I don't channel traffic through my router to it. Now that's beyond my scope of knowledge. Back to the Wizard.

Using default crap, it will install a DNS server, and make everything happy. So finish the wizard and reboot. Then log in under the AD admin password. Now you're' in . Congrats you've made a domain and have one Domain Controller. I make my main domain controller  in charge of computers, AD, and user profiles (roaming! this is later) Then other DC's will be redundant and have other functions. Now moving on to the other server, do that same thing, only add it to an existing forest. In my case, I left out the second DNS server, just to save resources on my poor VM machine. So it was a GC (global catalog server). But allowed me to host other services for the network. On my second server I ran WSUS (windows local updating services) and DHCP for my computers. It also acts as a print server for my not yet finished AD.

If you haven't noticed, I'm not doing any software stuff yet besides AD DS, because it will take a lot more time.
Now yesterday I added one more server, running Windows server 2008 r2. Which is the newest version of server. No problems right? Wrong. My domain functionality level is at server 2008 not server 2008 r2. (really it's at 2003 :P because I plan on running a lot more servers) but anyway the forest was not ready for a 2008 r2 DC. So I had to raise the roof. On my main DC (server 2008) Under the R2 install DVD, under support, there is an ad prep folder. Copy that to C:\ and hit start>cmd Once you're there, navigate to adprep folder. In this case it was cd C:\adprep\ Then you must execute the proper program  in my case I'm running x86, so I need to type adprep32.exe /forestprep This will execute the program to raise to r2's stupid standards. hit c then enter to continue, and wait. Eat a sandwich or somethings. Once that's done type. adprep32.exe /domainprep. Once you're done you can added r2 servers to a just plain 2008 server. Once I have time to type a buttload more crap, I will explain everything that I'm doing, but for now this is enough information. Oh one more thing, add that r2 server to become a DC. In my case, it's also a DNS for redundancy.
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Re: Huge home project
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2011, 09:06:44 pm »
So, Greg, these documentations of your seem to be quite popular among non-AGOA people. Half the time I see a Guest on, and I check on what they are doing, they are reading one of these posts of yours :D
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Re: Huge home project
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2011, 11:20:56 pm »
really? I never noticed. This is so I don't have to write crap down when I figure out an issue to a problem.
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Re: Huge home project
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2011, 08:50:47 am »
I know, but it looks like your not the only one with those problems :D
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