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Setting up a home data centre? - He's mad!


Well almost.

I am looking for help/guides that will step by step, help me set up, and achieve the following at home.

Win2K3 Domain, plus XP clients
Incl:
AD
DNS
DHCP
Group Policy
...and whatever else you think I need.

The network will be on a BT 4 port wireless broadband router.

I am looking for a good answer that will provide me with a comprehensive solution to this, i.e. not a 3/4 page quick ref doc.

I accept the following
I will have to read (probably lots)
I don't mind disparate sources of information IF its very good

Ok, so what is my litteracy on this topic?
Well, I'm a second line support contractor, with only operational and maintenance experience (relevant to this) of 2K3, AD, TCP/IP, but weak on specifics of DHCP, DNS and Group Policy.


I have tried mvp.org, but couldn't find anything helpfull.

Its 500 points because I consider this involved.

Thank you
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StinkyPete
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rpartingtonCommented:
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tim1731Commented:
1.Sign up for an action pack
2.Use the sbs 2003 and set yourself up a network to see the interfaces for DNS,DHCP,ETC
3.http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Business-Administrators-Companion-Pro-Administrators/dp/0735620202 use this book to learn the basics
4.Then setup a virtual domain using the other products in the action pack

Dns and DHCP is easy in a single subnet, more fun getting it to work across subnets, read this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Profiles-IntelliMirror-Windows-Administrator-Library/dp/0782144470/sr=8-1/qid=1164279852/ref=pd_ka_1/026-2790981-0537230?ie=UTF8&s=books and any other books by Mark
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StinkyPeteAuthor Commented:

rpartington - Excellent sites, that takes care of AD GP and DNS

tim1731 - Not sure I want to run SBS or virtual domain, I am hoping to emulate what I see on sites and thus gain a better understanding of them.

Update, the BT home hub is only 2 ethernet, but also wireless

Addressing DHCP - (No pun) Leave it to the router? and will the Win2k3 server be happy with this (being it the only DC in the forest?)

-StinkyPete

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tim1731Commented:
Hi Pete,

The sbs interface for dhcp, dns and GP is the same on sbs and win2003 also you get exchange so your own mail server at home

I would look at virtual server as companies at starting to move some servers to virtual also with the action pack you get the new versions of products so you can learn them before you customers deploy it

Both those books are good and worth reading
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rpartingtonCommented:
Not familiar with that router,
however with DHCP I tend to set all the scope options to be pushed out to the clients via 2003 dhcp servers ie router address/exchange address/dns address/time server/ and wins if needed.
Also with your router you cant familiarize your self with dhsp scopes/reservations/leases/managing pools, managing more than one dhcp server, if this is what your looking at learning.

http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/f/?en/library/10112946-1204-4ff4-b52c-599c303135d11033.mspx
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StinkyPeteAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much, those are very good resources.
I am well into setting up the home domain (maybe I'll get brave, and try two; so I can understand trusts better! -'cos most of the sites I have worked on dont them set-up properly, including Shell's uk network!)

Split points I think chaps, and to be fair, the video step by step one was really helpfull.

So...

P.S. Check out my next question, its a toughy!

Thanks

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StinkyPeteAuthor Commented:
Sorry .. I tried to split the point but messed it up.
How can I share them between rpartington and tim1731

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rpartingtonCommented:
You need to ask the moderators only they can do this,
not sure how as its not something Ive ever had to do to be honest
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