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Not able to install Active Directory on Server 2003

So I have a clean install of Server 2003 and no existing roles assigned.
I have the network card set with a static IP and the DNS for that card points to itself even though no DNS role has been setup.

When I go to add roles I use the "Typical configuration for a first Server"

AD domain name:
ABC.local

Then Next on through...
It installs the DHCP and then gives me an error as follows:

Title - Active Directory Installation Wizard

Error -The operation failed with the following error:
A general network error occurred.

Any ideas as to where I should start?
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Try looking in Event Viewer (eventvwr.exe) for more detail on the error message.  If you cant find the answer in the Microsoft Knowledgebase then post the detail of the error message here.
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Is this a public or private ip ? IF there a gateway defined ? Can you get out to microsoft updates ?
Check for logs
Go step by step > drop Dhcp Role
check for any NIC errors ?  Ip address
assumeing you are installing with DNS
it's better to let dcpromo install/setup DNS for you than to try to do it manually before running dcpromo. All you should have to do before running dcpromo is put the server's own IP address in the DNS setting in the TCP/IP settings for the server's NIC.

 

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I will get started on this again in the morning.  But to answer Mikes Question....

When I run the wizard it installs DHCP then goes to the AD installer and fails... No DNS installed.

So then I have tried installing DNS, but still get the same error.

I plan on finishing the install tomorrow so if any of you are on between 9am-6pm EST I could use the help.  Til then any advice I will read and check out in the am.
Check in Device Manger that the NIC and drivers are installed correctly (ni warning triangle) and that you have the cable plugged in correctly.

Try installing by typing DCPROMO at the command line
Check the following..

1.Physical network connectivity ( from NIC card to switch ports)
2.Check for any viruses , that would spoof network card mac addresses
3.Add exception to TCP port no 67 and 68 or disable the windows firewall.
4. Are you able ping the default gateway IP in your network.
Are you using the correct account with domain admin & enterprise group membership to install AD.
Also,look for Antivirus which is sometime a big issue in promoting or joining machine to domain.
basic steps:

Can the server ping its own IP and 127.0.0.1?

If not, you have a network problem and should solve that before even trying the AD install.

Also, having the DNS point to itself is an error as there is no DNS server yet and DNS lookups will fail. try removing the DNS setting and see if the install works.
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I have been out all day just now getting to this one.

Should I not be able to install this without an internet connection by having a loop-back plug installed into the network card?  Here is what I am going to try... its a clean install...

added chipset drivers and network drivers...
Internet does work...

I'll use a loop-back adapter and then set network settings as such...

ip:
192.168.1.5
subnet:
255.255.255.0
gateway:
192.168.1.1
Dns:
192.168.1.1

Then I will do the "Typical configuration for a first Server"
and report back errors and logs as requested.
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FYI...  it's not giving me the option so I am installing the roles in this order...

DHCP
DNS
AD
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Ok, when I installed AD first... it gave me the option to install dns... like it does in the "Typical configuration for a first Server"
installion...  Only it works like this.  Why is that...?  I dont understand what is different.
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Also forgot to mention that I had tried this manually before but i installed DHCP and DNS first... failed over 10 times... but changing the order it now installs.  strange?
DNS can be active directory intergrated. It can be a pain sometimes so it's usually easier to install it as part of the AD install to save you the additonal headache.
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