nt domain with win 2000

hey, i am setting up a network and i want to make an nt domain(never dun it b4) but i dont have windows nt. a frend told me i could use win 2000 so i now have a copy on 2000 but still dont no what to do to make the domain, can ne1 help me?
bridgelAsked:
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stevenlewisCommented:
What you're asking is worth way more than 20 points. Some of us have spent years learning this stuff. Having said that.....
you need 2000 server, not w2k pro
then after installing you need to run dcpromo
this creates the forest/domain
then you need to add the computers/users to the domain (so that other machines can access the resources now controlled by your "domain"
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bridgelAuthor Commented:
is ther a way of doing it on win2k pro
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stevenlewisCommented:
No, you need a server OS
w2k server, w2003 server, even NT4  server, but it MUST be  a server OS
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stevenlewisCommented:
the best you can do is a workgroup (peer to peer) and you don't need even w2k for that 9x can be in a peer to peer
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stevenlewisCommented:
Domain = centralized admin or users and resources
peer to peer = each machine controls access to it's resources and users
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svenkarlsenCommented:
Hi bridgel,
just curious: WHY do you want to make an NT domain ?

Kind regards,
Sven
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bridgelAuthor Commented:
to c if my network is ne betta
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stevenlewisCommented:
domain vs workgroup (peer to peer) will have no affect on your network
I'll repeat myself
Domain = centralized admin or users and resources
peer to peer = each machine controls access to it's resources and users)
see here for more info
http://www.maxpages.com/ahsan/Workstaion_Vs_Server
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ShineOnCommented:
Well, that depends on how BIG your network will be.  If you are networking 2 PCs and a laptop, it's a wasted effort to put a server with a domain controller in.  If you are talking, say, 25 users and up, then you Definitely want a domain, or even better, a directory service, but you don't want to experiment yourself - hire a professional to do it for you.
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stevenlewisCommented:
Ya know ShineOn, you seem like a pretty bright guy :~)
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ShineOnCommented:
So do you...  That's why we're Experts, right?
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asurada2003Commented:
hi,

Win2k is the upgrade version of win NT.
But for win2k i have to used active directory.
Just install it and after installtion there will be a screen that will help u.
Follow what it need and i think u will be able to make u own domain.
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bridgelAuthor Commented:
thnx guys
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mikeleebrlaCommented:
after you install the windows 2000 go to the run window and run "dcpromo.exe"  this is the only way to promote a member server to a domain controller. Once you have a domain controller, you automatically have an active directory domain. There is no "magic" screen like asurada2003 says.

Mike Lee
mcse ccna
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