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Setting up a File Server on W2K advanced server which will run MS SQL 2000 with no internet connections

Posted on 2008-10-13
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
I have 15 computers which will be connecting to W2K Advanced Server w/MS SQL 2000.  There is no internet connections.  What is the best way to setup this server as a dedicated server?  Don't really understand how domain works.  
Question by:reikolayman
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powercram earned 500 total points
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If the users are only accessing SQL you may not need a Windows (Active Directory) domain.  Otherwise run dcpromo (from the command line) and follow the wizard to create a new domain in a new forest.  Join all your workstations to the domain.  Create user accounts for your users in the domain.

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How do you join the workstations to the domain?  Am I prompted with the wizard

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Assuming they are W2K or XP right-click My Computer, select Properties, Computer Name tab.  Click the Change button to either change the computer name or join domain.  When joining the domain you will be prompted for an administrative user's credentials.
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Will I need to create user accounts on the server first.  Then join the computers.

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Doesn't matter which order it's done, they just both need to be done before a user can logon through their computer to the domain with their new account.  

In order to change the domain/workgroup association you need to have administrative rights on the workstation.  Navigate to the join domain option using the steps above.  When attempting to join the domain you will be asked for a domain account with administrative privileges.  You will have to do this from each workstation.

Either before or after joining the computers to the domain you will open (on your domain controller / Active Directory server) Active Directory Users and Computers and create the respective user accounts.

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The one question I asked that has not been answered yet isl:

If I setup this one and only server up as a domain controller and it does not have internet access and never will, can I still set it up as a domain controller?

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Does anybody monitor these questions?  I still have not had my question answered.  
Hello, hello, hello.
Can you set up a domain controller without internet access?  If so, explain.

This is the 3rd time I've repeated this question on this post.  

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