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By mmbc_voltron ·
I have tried several times and I think I am doing something wrong.
Previous post: http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6239-0.html?forumID=46&threadID=162976

I have re-installed again and this is what I have done so far.
Installed w2k server. During setup I specified an IP of 192.168.1.5 and the server name is SERVER.
Added DHCP and configured it. With options 03, 06

Now I don't know if I should setup DNS first before doing the dcpromo. I have always ran the configure your server wizard to add AD and in the wizard it adds DNS for me.
Should I do the DNS and configure it?

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by CG IT In reply to Help with DNS setup

heres what I do. I install W2k server. set a static ip address for the NIC and run windows update and get ALL of em. Once they are all installed, I run the DNS wizard to install DNS. Since the NIC already has an IP address assigned [and I've chosen the IP address to be the range I want for the network] the Wizard uses it . I use the .network for my internal name. Windows will want to build a LAT and install class A,B,C addresses and I remove all except that which I will use on my LAN.

Once DNS is installed, I install DHCP and use the wizard. I authorize the scope and activate it.

Once I have DNS and DHCP installed I review DNS and perform some lookup queries in DNS to make sure I've got resolution. Right click and open your DNS in the left pane and run the DNS query. You could do a recursive IF you have an internet connection active but not necessary for LAN DNS resolution.

Once all that is done I install Active Directory and use the Wizard. I do not use dcpromo from the command line. [lazy]. Easier to just click the link in the setup page.

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by CG IT In reply to

Once I have DNS,DHCP AD installed I reboot and check windows update just in case. If there are no updates I open up the event viewer and clear all logs. I set logging to overwrite events as needed, 512kb log size. I configure the server for security using the security administrative templates. I'll go through and check Active Directory to make sure I've got all the accounts I should have and disable and rename the quest account. I'll make sure DHCP is running and configure options. make sure that DHCP will update DNS records for clients when requested.

I'll let the thing run 24hrs and periodically check the event viewer for errors.

If nothing critical shows up I'll add a workstation to the network and add a user account in AD. Get a mini network going. Setup some group policies for computer configs.

Always worked for me. I don't use dcpromo promote from the command line if this is the first DC at the root for the domain. If I'm adding a DC to the domain, I'll join the server to the network then do dcpromo promote from the command line.

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by CG IT In reply to

in your DNS foward lookup zone, you should have SOA, Cname, Host and A records. if you don't have these records DNS will not work properly. Check your records in DNS and make sure the host and A records have the IP address assigned to the DNS in them [which is why I remove the class a,b and c range Windows whats to include in the LAT and specifically set the range I want.

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by mmbc_voltron In reply to

I did start over again and did all the security stuff first. Then I added DHCP, Then DNS and created a forward and reverse lookup zone. Now I get the Event ID 414 error. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;888048

I tried going to the network tab and entering in my domain name as CTC.local and it comes back with an error just like this: http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/dns/tshoot/dns_tshoot2A.asp
I look at the registry edit and don't know if I should try it. I have not installed AD yet. the only entry I don't have for regedit is NV Domain. I might try the registry edit.
I don't want to install AD yet till I get my Domain Straight.

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by mmbc_voltron In reply to Help with DNS setup

I have found in my DNS there are no subfolders with
_MSDCS
_SITES
_TCP
_UDP
There are just three text files which are the
SOA
NA and
A record
What should I do now? Can I fix this with out re-installing again?

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by mmbc_voltron In reply to Help with DNS setup

Point value changed by question poster.

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by mmbc_voltron In reply to Help with DNS setup

Ok I did the registry edit and it seems to work. How can I test DNS to make sure it is working?

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by CG IT In reply to Help with DNS setup

nope you don't install DHCP first, you install DNS first. DHCP is only for assigning IP addreses to client computers and to provide those client computers with connectivity information like default gateways, DNS servers, WINS servers. You assign a static IP address to the NIC on the server using the Class and range you want your local network to use. After that, you can, as an option, install DHCP. DHCP is NOT required for an Windows Active Directory based network. It just makes it easier assigning IP addresses to clients, adding records to DNS for clients, providing clients with default gateway addresses and whatnot. you can always ADD DHCP services at a later date.

If you have a SOA, Host and A records in DNS. Then you've got the basics necessary for name to IP address resolution.

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by mmbc_voltron In reply to

I did a nslookup and seems to be working. I went to do a DCpromo and it says the wizard cannot contact the DNS server that handles the name CTC.local to determine if it supports dynamic update. confirm your DNS configuration, or install and configure a DNS server on this computer.
What do I do to see what could be wrong with my DNS?

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by razz2 In reply to Help with DNS setup

The DNS server properties has built-in tests, but also
the one I like is to add an A record or C record and
have it some weird name like test.btb.local pointing to
an existing ip. The try to ping it by name. it should work.
(Restart DNS if you want first but you don't need to.)
You can also ping the ip and it should show the DNS
name.

razz

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