Posted on 2003-10-22
Last year I completed a 1 year series of Network admin classes (W2K) (MS approved/provided materials), walked away understanding next to nothing. $9,000 well spent! Now I am trying to set up my first Domain on a win 2003 server.
I tried to follow the set-up through the wizards, however, I do not understand what I accomplished (or have not accomplished). Went to MS Knowledge base and printed out step by step guide to a common infrastructure for Server deployment - Part 1: Installing a Domain Controller. Most of the terms and explainations are meaningless to me...
I do know that I have set-up two (2) partitions on the domain computer and shared the 2nd partition.
Oh, here is a twist, all of our workstations are Home XP, so I used X-setup to attempt to set-up a domain log-in. Also tried Net Use command and i get a "system error 53" The Network path not found.
Both methods produced nothing. Furthermore, how would I even know that the workstation logged into the Domain, where would the shared drive on the domain server show up at the workstation.
I used this Net Use command on a XP workstation:
Net Use k: \\crscompanies\userfiles /user:crscompanies\Robert
After a approx. 2 minute delay I get the message: "System error 53 has occured."
The network path was not found.
I can not ping the domain computer. I have both assigned it an IP address and set it up to use the DHCP services from the Linksys router we use on this network to get an assigned IP address. The domain computer does receive an address and the domain computer can surf, however, no workstation can ping its address (as shown when you run IP config on the domain computer).
Why is there no place to enter in a password on the domain (active directory) for users? Do you only require a user name to log on to a Domain? Are the user passwords for the Domain derived from the workstations logon passwords? If you can not enter in passwords on the domain server for users, where are user passwords? It appears you can set up a user, but no window or field for a password...
I had no idea a domain would be so difficult to set-up!
What should I do, stick to peer to peer networks?