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How to configure a new Windows Server on my Network

This is basic but I would be very grateful if someone could outline the steps I must take, or point me to something which is clear.
I want my W2003 Server to be on the network, accessible from other computers, and with access to the internet via my router. I also need Active Directory for the application which I am going to run.
I have installed W2003 server on a new server. I have connected it via a LAN cable to my router. I have a number of computers with Windows 7 and XP linked wirelessly to the router and I know what the home wireless network is called. I can't find a name for the Workgroup except the wireless one.
 I am not sure what to do next. Running ipconfig on the server does not return anything.
Thanks
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Michael Gunner
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James HIT DirectorCommented:
The easiest way is to just follow this guide.
This site has the step by step process for you to follow.

http://www.petri.co.il/how_to_install_active_directory_on_windows_2003.htm
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Stelian StanCommented:
You should start by configuring your NIC (http://www.visualwin.com/AD-Controller/). Your router should be the Gateway. Assign an IP to your server from that you IP range. For now you can put the external DNS under DNS field.

After this step promote that server as a Domain Controller by running DC promo. Use this guide: http://www.windowsreference.com/dns/step-by-step-guide-for-windows-server-2003-domain-controller-and-dns-server-setup/
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Michael GunnerAuthor Commented:
The program dcpromo took me straight into configuring ip. I went through the install steps, but which tcp/ip selection should I then select?
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Stelian StanCommented:
From http://www.visualwin.com/AD-Controller/

If your computer has a dynamically assigned address (from DHCP) you will be prompted to give it a static IP address.  Click ok, and then in the Local Area Connection properties, click "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and then "Properties"



In the next window select "Use the following IP address" and select the information that you will use for your domain (and 127.0.0.1 for the primary DNS, because your computer will host DNS.  I still suggest setting up an alternate as well.)  Click "OK" and then "Close" on the next window

Select "Use the following Ip Address" and put your specific numbers. Click on the link above to see how to do it on the end of that article.
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Michael GunnerAuthor Commented:
I have to configure tcp/ip.
Do I first configure it for a static address?
If so the assistant asks me which of 3 options, and I suppose - connect to the network of my workplace (rather than to internet, or advanced connection).
I am lost after that point.
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Stelian StanCommented:
YES, you need to configure a static address. What Ip range are you using on your network?

Workplace is fine, but that means you got an Ip Address from your router and now you have to change it to a static ip address (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323444).
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Michael GunnerAuthor Commented:
I am not sure of the range. The ones in use are 192.168.2.0 up to 2.9
So I could define this one as 2.10
But I can't get far with this assistant or wizard. It asks me whether I want phone access or a private virtual network. I just have a cable connected to the router. I haven't got any ip address (ipconfig empty),.
I set up an entering connection which says it is LPT1.
I have no other connection set up.
I am at a stage before anything I am being advised about I think!
While hoping for more basic help I am continuing looking ....
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Stelian StanCommented:
I would just cancel that wizard and follow this Microsoft document:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323444
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Michael GunnerAuthor Commented:
Before reading the last comment I went back to by: Spartan_1337 and tried to follow the steps in the Petri document. But I don't have a NETBIOS name field, or more.. or anything about domains and dns (on my Computer). I will try the MS kb article,, but I am having trouble with basic tcpip I think.
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Michael GunnerAuthor Commented:
The MS document assumes I have a network connection already set up. All I have is an entering connection LPT1 which i set up. I have to start at the beginning! New connection? then all these questions about telephon etc when I just have a LAN cable! I still can't get started
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Michael GunnerAuthor Commented:
I have found that the ethernet controller is not set up.
I will come back to the sequence suggested (petri) once I have managed to sort that out. Perhaps someone coould confirm the steps there: search on the intenet for the model of server, and ethernet controller, download it, transfer it somehow to the server and put it in the right place?
Thank you all for your help. I have travelled a long way round I know.
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Michael GunnerAuthor Commented:
The comments were helpful. The main problem was not having the right drivers. But then I found them all on a setup disk for the  server and then I was OK. Thank you very much
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