Setup Windows Server 2003 on Local Network
Posted on 2010-09-21
Attempting to setup a Windows 2003 Server environment for certification purposes. Have 5 port Linksys hub to connect the 2. This will not connect to the Internet. Have 2 computers, both with Windows Server 2003. Followed instructions in Microsoft Publishing book to setup 1st computer as domain controller with Active directory. The second is to be a member server. Made up IP addresses and default gateway but am not supplying a DNS address.
After selecting typical installation, when I attempt to connect the 2nd computer to the domain (contoso.com), it does not see the domain controller. I have uninstalled and installed the role of Active Directory a few times with no success. The computers can ping one another.
I noticed that after the install, when I look at the TCP/IP properties of the DNS, the install assigns 127.0.0.1 (the loopback address I think). Don't know why this happens. I select no DNS during the install wizard since I don't connect this to the Internet.