Connecting Windows Server 2012 to a Network


My current Network has a SBS 2003 as a Active, Directory, DNS and DHCP. I have a Windows Server 2012 Standard to replace the SBS 2003.

I decided do not use migration and start everything on the Windows Server 2012 from scratch(create active directory, etc).

I have the Windows 2012 since 8 months ago and I want to download every update pending before to make this my domain controller. I need windows server must  have Internet Access.

My question is:

Do I need join this server as a member of the SBS 2003? or just to plug in to the network?

thank you in advanced for your help.
Agnes SevillaAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
If you are going to start clean (which I generally don't recommend, but it sounds like you've made that decision) then you wouldn't join the new server to the domain. No need to for updates, and no need to for a clean start with a new forest.
Agnes SevillaAuthor Commented:
Hello Cliff,

Thank you for your answer.

I have just 25 computers and 22 users. Its why I decided start everything fresh.

Because I had the server sitting for 8 months I thought it best to have all windows updates before starting the configuration of the server.

Ok I am not going to join the server to the domain. Sorry for my ignorance but I can just to plug in a Ethernet cable from the new server to any switch just to access the Internet to apply any updates pending? I do this all the time with regular computers. I never have tried with a server.

Please let me now.

Thank you again.
Cliff GaliherCommented:
Out of the box, server acts the same as a client OS. It'll try to get an address via DHCP. It will use a gateway assigned via DHCP. So yes, assuming you have those prices in place, it'll work.

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