OK. I have 3 computers. 1 w/Win 2000 Server, and 2 w/WinXP Pro.
I own a domain name: www.mydomainname.com
I have a router and broadband.
I have windows exchange 2K
(BTW: all of this is legal... :-))
I am trying to set up my Win2K server to work as a domain controller so I can use MS Exchange as my mail server, and use it to control my other home computers. I have been trying for 4 days now to figure out how to configure WinServer correctly.
Under the "setup your server" menu/"choose your server" if I choose "This is the only server in my network" I get an error that it isnt. I am assuming this is because my router acts as a DHCP server.
So I choose one or more servers already exists...then I set up active directory. I enter a domain name sub to my internet domain such as "server.mydomainname.com" and then set up DNS accordingly with the same domain name.
I pointed my forward lookup records for DNS to my static IP on my server and assigned a secondary pointing to the DNS server from my ISP. Then rebooted. It takes at least 10-15 minutes to get to the login screen. Once logged on as the admin, I can't get my other computers to join the domain. I get an error that says "The error was: "DNS name does not exist."
(error code 0x0000232B RCODE_NAME_ERROR)"
Since I am trying to learn all of this on the fly, I am starting to beat my head up against the wall. I am still having fun, but I am getting a little discouraged because it seemd like it should work based on all of the MS Knowedge Base articles I have read.
Is it because I am going through a router...should I get rid of the router? Would I then need a second NIC in my server and a normal network hub? Would I then need to worry about pourchasing ISA server since I wont have a hardware firewall anymore? Is any of this even possible? Any help, referances, ideas would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you in advance.