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Install Windows 2003 Active Directory without network or Internet access.

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I want to setup AD on a brand new server, but I do not have network access at this time.  I just want to get DNS, AD, workgroups, user accounts, file access permissions, etc., setup before it goes to a client site.  I usually have the network and Internet access beforehand, but this time that's not an option.  I just want to avoid doing all this work beforehand, and then when its deployed at the remote location it will have to be redone, etc.  Is this recommended, and will it work setting up well in advance, etc?
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That should not be a problem, although I would recommend connecting the server to a switch or hub, even if there are no other devices connected,  (or install the "Loopback adapter" network card in Windows Device Manager) before installing AD, so the server is "fooled" into thinking it's connected to a network.

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