The following is tip #7 from "10 tips in 10 minutes: Configuring Windows 2000 Server," excerpted from Chapter 6 in the book Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Administrator's Companion, Second Edition, published by Microsoft Press.
If you're creating a new network or domain and you're setting up the first server in the domain, the Windows 2000 Configure Your Server tool can guide you through the configuration process. Just follow these steps:
- In the first window of the Windows 2000 Configure Your Server tool, choose the This Is The Only
Server In My Network option, and click Next (as discussed in the previous section). Choosing this
option helps you configure your server as a domain controller running Active Directory, DHCP, and
- Click the Show More Details link to view information about how your server's TCP/IP services
will be configured, and then click Back.
- Click Next, and then enter the domain name you want to use in the first text box, as shown in
the image below.
- To use an Internet-registered domain name (such as scribes.com) as the root for your fully qualified domain name, enter the Internet domain name in the second text box. Or, to specify that your domain is a local
- domain that isn't a part of an Internet-registered domain, type local in the
second text box.
- Verify that the Active Directory and downlevel domain names are correct in the preview boxes at
the bottom of the window, and then click Next.
- Click Next again. Active Directory, DHCP, and DNS are installed in Unattended mode and Windows
restarts. Once logged on, Windows displays the Windows 2000 Configure Your Server tool again. (See
Chapter 11 for help with any Active Directory installation questions you are asked, or see the
sections on installing DHCP and DNS in Chapter 14 for help with DHCP and DNS questions.)
- Configure your server to use the static IP address specified in the Windows 2000 Configure Your
Server tool. To do this, right-click the Local Area Connection icon in the Network and Dial-Up
Connections folder, and choose Properties from the shortcut menu. Select Internet Protocol
(TCP/IP), and click Properties. Then enter the proper IP address and subnet mask, and verify that
the DNS server addresses include your server's IP address.
- Open DHCP Manager and expand the DHCP server.
- Select the DHCP server and choose All Tasks-Authorize from the Action menu.
- Reboot your computer, and then use the Windows 2000 Configure Your Server tool to add any other services you need.
10 tips in 10 minutes: Configuring Windows 2000 Server
Tip 1: Checking for setup problems
Tip 2: Configuring devices
Tip 3: Using Device Manager
Tip 4: Troubleshooting devices
Tip 5: Configuring Networking Settings
Tip 6: Using the Windows 2000 Configure Your Server Tool
Tip 7: Configuring the first server on your network
Tip 8: Performance and memory tuning
Tip 9: Updating Windows
Tip 10: Securing Windows
This chapter excerpt from Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Administrator's Companion, Second
Edition by Charlie Russel, Sharon Crawford and Jason Gerend is printed with permission from Microsoft Press, Copyright 2002. Click here for
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This was first published in August 2005