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Windows 2000 Domain Setup

Hi,

I am very new to Windows 2000 and I am trying to setup and Domain controller to run Active Directory.

I am going through the "configure your windows 2000". I get to the end right after it says it is setting up the actvie directory and I get this error:

"Network location cannot be found"

I do not have an internet domanin so I put "local" in like the directions expalained.

Can anyone help me on t his?

Joe

Thank you.
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linder76
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victornegriCommented:
Make sure you have a static IP address on your computer. Also, did you answer "Yes" when it asked whether you wanted to install DNS on this computer? (If it didn't ask, install DNS manually and set the primary DNS on your NIC to itself).
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linder76Author Commented:
Yes I have a static IP (it is the one it automactily setup to be static) and and I answered yes to the dns question.

Is there anymore info you can help me with as to why this is happening>

Joe
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linder76Author Commented:
Also,

I have the server connected to a router and router is connected to the dsl modem, yet when I click on this is the only server, it says it is not.

Please advise.
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victornegriCommented:
The one it automatically set up? I'm not familiar with the wizard doing that.

 Are you sure you selected a NEW DOMAIN in a NEW FOREST during the install? (I'm not trying to be condescending, just covering all the basics).

Basically, this error comes up when the domain can't be found either due to A) A DNS issue or B) Static IP issue. I ran into this problem the other day but it was when I was adding an additional domain controller to an existing domain and I forgot to set a static IP address on the server. If you have a static IP address and this is the first domain controller in the domain, there shouldn't be any issues... or at least, you shouldn't be seeing this error.

Make sure the "Automatic IP" was set correctly and that the DNS is pointing to itself.
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linder76Author Commented:
Yes onn both domains.

The ip they are giving me is 10.10.1.1
Dns 127.1.1.1
I hope this helps
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linder76Author Commented:
Can you explain your last sentence - How does an DNS point to itself?

Thanks
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victornegriCommented:
What I mean is to set the DNS to the IP address of the computer you're making a DC. 127.1.1.1 should work because it's in the loopback range but I would probably set your DNS to 10.10.1.1 just to be safe. Then run the dcpromo.

What did you mean "on both domains"? You have 2 domains?
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linder76Author Commented:
Sorry I meant yes to both questions on the domains - yes it is NEW DOMAIN in a NEW FOREST

Can I give it my own static Ip (192.168.1.100)
And if I give it that should be DNS be the same?
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victornegriCommented:
Yes, the DNS should match the server's IP address. Yes, you can change it to whatever you want.

Also what did you mean by your comment above:
"...yet when I click on this is the only server, it says it is not."

You might also want to change the name of your domain (just to be safe).
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linder76Author Commented:
The server is connected to the router and the router is connected to other computer. In the first screen it gives you three options. The one I chose is "This is the only computer on the network". If I clicked that when the server was connected to the router, it would say that there are other servers and couldn't proceed. Only when I took it off did it work.

Thank you for your help.

Joe
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