I’m a Lamer! How do I install Active Directory on my Windows 2000 Server?
You can configure your server as a Domain Controller manually (as covered in How to Install Active Directory on W2K), but if you don’t have the time, skill, brains or will to do it manually, it can still be done with just a few mouse clicks.
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Domain Name Service (DNS), and DCPROMO (the command-line tool that creates DNS and Active Directory) can be by using the Windows 2000 Configure Your Server Wizard.
Even though it’s all done automatically, you still need the following:
This article assumes that all of the above requirements are fulfilled. See my Active Directory Installation Requirements page for more info.
Note: This article does NOT assume you have a working brain, or that you can use it correctly. If you think you really want to know how this thing works, please read the How to Install Active Directory on W2K page instead…
Note: The combined name appears as dpetri.com in the Preview of Active Directory domain name box. The wizard puts the dot (.) into the name.
Note: dpetri.com is the Active Directory domain and DNS name, and dpetri is the down-level NetBIOS domain name.
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