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Setting up Win 2k3

Hi

I'm setting up win 2k3 to practise on. What i want to know is do i HAVE to have it connected to a network to install servcies such as active directory, DHCP...etc.

And if not what settings can i setup so i can install the services without a network connection.
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LFC1980
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PowerITCommented:
No, but you will need to set up DNS-server on that machine. And point DNS in the network cards to the server itself.
Then it should work. So before setting op AD, install DNS.

J.
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LFC1980Author Commented:
how do i point it to the network card....do i ipconfig and get an IP address. or do i assign it a private address ?
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PowerITCommented:
No DHCP for a server.
Configure TCP/IP on the network card e.g. ip 192.168.1.1, subnet 255.255.255.0, no gateway and DNS 192.168.1.1.
This basically makes the server look to itself for DNS.

J.
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Jose Rivera-HernandezAVP of ISCommented:
LFC1980,

PowerIT is correct before anything you should install DNS and you don't exactly need more then one Network card. To point it to the DNS just simple configure the TCP/IP on your network card to reflect the DNS as itself. For example when you configure DNS and your IP is 192.168.1.1 then your IP settings will look like this:

IP Adress: 192.168.1.1
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1  (if you have a router then place that IP address in here)

Primary DNS: 192.168.1.1
Secondary DNS: 192.168.1.1  (or your router/default gateway)  

Once you have done this you can check the DNS and you will see a host with this IP and the DNS server with the same IP (that is what PowerIT meant by point DNS to server itself)

Good Luck,

Jose
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LFC1980Author Commented:
so is 192.168.1.1 a private IP range ? or was that just an example you were giving.

Im new to learning server setup so forgive the novice questions
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LFC1980Author Commented:
*asked that last question as whe i do a ipconfig before installing anything it said "no media connetced" i.e. had no IPs
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PowerITCommented:
This is just an example, but doesn't really matter
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PowerITCommented:
Oops, wrong key to early.
What I was going to say is, it doesn't matter as you are just keeping it isolated to do some tests. But it is a good example.
No media connected is easily resolved by plugging in your network card into any old hub connected to nothing else.

J.
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LFC1980Author Commented:
So i could put any IP for the DNS ?
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PowerITCommented:
Not exactly, it should be the same IP address as the one you are giving the to the network card.
The IP adres of the network card can be anything you like.
To make it simple, just use the exact example given by Jose above.

J.
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LFC1980Author Commented:
Oh ok.

So how would i assign an IP to a network card....sorry for the novice questions, but i dont have any experience with this
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PowerITCommented:
Indeed, that's a newbie question. Hey, we have all been there. Well, except me :-)

Start/Control Pannel/Network Connections. Right click 'local area connection' and choose properties.
In the list, choose Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), click properties.
Click 'Use The Following Ip Address'. There you enter IP, subnet & gateway.
Click 'Use The Following DNS server addresses'. Next to Preferred DNS Server enter the DNS which would be the same as the IP.

J.
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