Microsoft Windows Server 2000 Join Domain Remotely?

Posted on 2010-01-07
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
We are opening a new office and will be installing a small Windows 2000 server for print services.  I am planning to make it a domain controller to local users.  This server will also run ISA and use Routing and Remote access to connect to a parent office for email and file services.

Can I install the server from the new location by setting up the routing and remote access and then adding the domain controller role from there? or do I need to set it up at a parent office, become a domain controller then move it to new location?
Question by:rauldelgado
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    by:Jason Watkins

    If you promote the server from a remote connection, the security policies on the new DC will change and cut off remote access.  Why not WS08?

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    Appreciate the feedback.  I currently have a mixture of WS2000 and WS2003.  I have been told that WS2008 will not work within this environment.

    Trying to do this on the cheap as this is a prototype office for the company.  We own a spare server and it is licensed for WS2000.  I am thinking may be best to build at parent office, promote to DC, then move to remote location and setup up PPTP connection back to parent office with new subnet.

    Does this sound OK?
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    A WS08 domain controller will not function in that environment, right out of the box. The WS03, Windows 2000 domain must be prepared by extending the schema to accommodate WS08. Extending the schema is an irreversible process. If WS08 will just be a member in a WS03 or Windows 2000 domain, no change to the current schema is necessary. Just join it to the domain like any other client.

    I consider Windows 2000 to be obsolete. There have been four subsequent releases of Windows Server, since 2000 and come July 13th, Microsoft will no longer support the Legacy O.S.

    It would be best to build this machine, off-site and move it to the final location and connect with a remote connection afterward.

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