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Hello,

I want to create a "Virtual Domain" on my computer via the Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.  I am currently using Windows XP Professional, and installed the latest virtual server 2005 software.  I created 3 virtual disks:

#1  Windows Server 2003 (Is now the virtual domain controller)
#2  Windows Server 2003  (I did not copy computer #1's vhd, instead, i created this one from scratch so that they would not have the same SID)
#3  Windows XP Professional (Logged onto virtual domain)

Everything worked great.  I was able to make Computer #1 a domain controller, and have Computer #3 log into it.  My problem is that I want to make Computer #2 a domain controller as well, and add it to the existing domain.  It seems like it will not let me do this.  Computer #2 can log onto the domain, but it will not let me add another domain controller to the domain.

The reason I want Computer #2 a domain controller with Computer #1 is because I want to practice swapping the 5 Master Roles, and replication between domain controllers.

What am I doing wrong?  Am I suppose to run virtual server 2005 on Windows Server 2003 SP1 ?

Thanks!


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what errors do you get when you try to make the second computer a DC.  You need to point the TCP/Ip settings of the second computer point to the first computer for DNS.  Then run DCPROMO...and choose to join the existing domain.

Can you explain what problems you are running into?
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Thank you so much for the quick reply!  The error says that the domain is in accessable, which is weird because I was able to join the domain.  I havent tried the TCP/IP setting yet (I am at work, and my computer is at home).  Thanks for the tip, that is going to be the first thing I try when I get home.  I will let you know if it worked and award the points for you.  Thank you!


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Basically, to get this to work, you need the two virtual servers on the same network.  Also, you need them to be able to ping each other.  And the second server must be pointed to the first server for DNS.  I would bet that this is the problem...  Maybe the server is getting an IP address from DHCP or something and is not pointing to the first server for DNs.

good luck
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Thank you NJComputerNetworks,

The Domain Controller had the loopback address (127.0.0.1) as the primary DNS.  I changed that to its own IP, and then changed the new Domain controller's primary DNS IP address to that...it worked!


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