Problems installing an Active Directory on my member server, please help

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Hey guys,

I have a Windows server 2003 O.S. with a SP2 for my machine and recently joined a network to run my computer as a server.

I have been trying to create a new domain on my network. Specifically a child domain, in the already existing network but I keep getting this warning sign;

Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard

The operation failed because:

  • A domain controller could not be contacted for the domain testenv.local that contained an account for this computer. Make the computer a member of a workgroup then rejoin the domain before retrying the promotion.
  • The specific domain either does not exist or could not be contacted. ”

Does anyone have an idea on how I can go ahead and bypass this problem?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #122766

Problems installing an Active Directory on my member server, please help

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Hi,

you mentioned that you have connected your Win 2003 server to the network, but dear friend you need join that member server to the domain. Without joining to a domain you can't promote your computer as a child domain.

  • First of all, you need to connect your server to the existing domain.  To do that
  • Right click on My Computer
  • Go to the computer name tab and click on change button
  • Then another dialog box will appear, just click on domain option button
  • Type the name of your domain in the blank area, then you will be prompted for a user name and a password.
  • You need to have privileged user  account permissions to join your sever to the domain ( like domain admin, enterprise admin.. etc ).
  • After that you need to reboot your computer. Now you are a member of the existing domain.

You can now promote your server to become a child domain or if you have already connected to your domain,  just remove the computer from the domain.

Then do it again.

Thank you.

Answered By 0 points N/A #122767

Problems installing an Active Directory on my member server, please help

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Basically when you want to create a child domain, you need first to create a Domain Controller in a domain and the installation of the Active Directory.  So what is really a Domain Controller?

A domain controller is a computer with AD (Active Directory) installed and is intended to be used as a server. To work with a Domain Controller you need to create it for the computer you intend to use as a server and you basically do this by installing the Active Directory.  Active Directory is a central security database that standardizes access to application data.

Steps for creating a DC (Domain Controller) are as follows:

  • Go to run and type ‘dcpromo’
  • Check the ‘Domain Controller for a new domain’ option.
  • Check the ‘Domain in new forest’ option.
  • Type the name of a new domain. Example can be ‘muchachotech.local’
  • No need to do anything on this window because the NETBIOS name is already selected by default.
  • Locate where you want to store the AD.
  • Select ‘C drive’ as your location to save the SYSVOL folder.
  • Select the second option. (By selecting this option you prompt your domain name to be reachable)
  • Input the password of your choice. Confirm your password. (Put a simple password that cannot be easily forgotten)
  • Go through your option you selected and after confirming everything is ok, click next.
  • An active Directory configuration takes place at this stage. This may take a while.
  • At this stage you will be asked to give a static IP address.
  • Select ‘Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)’ and go to properties.
  • At this stage determine the IP address of your network.
  • Click ‘Finish’ on the final stage of the Active directory Installation.

Creating a child domain of the existing domain, the above procedure except for the 3rd step of ‘Active Directory Installation Wizard’ that suggests you to create a new domain. (These are 3 options that prompt you to select which type of domain to create).

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