building a home network

December 31, 2012 at 17:24:24
Specs: Win 7 Ultimate, I5 Intel/ 6GB

Using a home server running win server 2003 I would like a guide or some direction of what else i need to build a home domain to contain my users within my home and sharing files along with being able to access this network from other locations with the same machines is this possible

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January 1, 2013 at 06:08:18

If you are going to create a domain, use .local Don't use .com or .net That can cause confusion. Configure active directory accordingly. Other than that, all you need is a router. If you want remote access, you'll need to configure remote desktop & port forwarding.

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January 1, 2013 at 12:13:06

I have configured the server with the following roles domain controller with active directory, DNS server

I keep receiving errors stating that DNS server and AD is not registered unsure what I'm missing I have added AD objects for my computer and a user account. The DNS server piece is very confusing I have followed a guide and set the DNS servers from my ISP and set a static IP on my server any suggestions

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January 1, 2013 at 14:23:28

I have solved the DNS problems I believe because now I'm able to run nslookup successfully. However before on my client machine I wasnt able to get any where with AD and joining the domain. now I'm able to go a little further I get the window that asks me to enter a username and password that has access to the domain and it tries to join and then states the network path is not found looking for some help

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January 1, 2013 at 16:08:37

Home OSes can not join domains. That could be your problem. For example, XP Home, Vista Home, any Home can not join a domain.

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January 1, 2013 at 16:34:30

windows 7 ultimate on client machine i already upgraded

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January 1, 2013 at 16:57:31

That shouldn't be a problem. What error are you getting?

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January 3, 2013 at 19:37:03

network path is not found.

However I think what I'm needing help with is setting up the DNS server on my server machine

I'm using a cable modem, netgear router and a wired connection into my server box I have made a static IP address but having difficulties understanding how the DNS should be setup because my ISP handles DNS I thought could you please point me in the right direction

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January 3, 2013 at 20:02:06

Lots of good articles via google on how to setup MS dns server.

The golden nugget you are missing is the workstation can not be pointed to a internet dns server or the gateway but must be pointed to the ms dns server.

Or it can't find the domain to join. Hence no path found.

In turn you need to put the isp's dns servers ips in the forwarders of the ms dns server. This is what gives the workstation internet access/name resolution.

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January 3, 2013 at 20:13:12

both the client and server have internet connections all addresses resolve on ip ping gateway, dns, server, and client all can ping to each other I'm not sure how to find the dns server ip from my cable company ??

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January 4, 2013 at 00:18:02

I got the domain established and a client machine connected. I'm working on building a FTP and allowing other computers to join my domain can this be done from a different state or area thru my domain and what else do i need to provide to my users.

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January 4, 2013 at 08:28:37

Lets see a ipconfig /all from the server and a workstation for review

You don't need users to join your domain to run a ftp server.
if you want internet users to join your domain you need to setup a vpn server for those connections. But I would seriously question why you are doing this. Improperly done opens a can of security issues.

Do you even have a publicly registered domain name?

What exactly are you trying to accomplish?

I take it you got the pc to join the domain properly?

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January 4, 2013 at 15:01:57

You need a VPN connection between the systems in the other states to the network where the DC is. Without a VPN connection from the systems in your other states, you won't be able to join your domain. You do not want to allow SMB, Kerberos, and all the other protocols needed to be NAT'd to your DC directly, without a secure tunnel (IPSec VPN) connection established first.

As guapo said, don't use a publically resolvable TLD for your domain name. Use .local, or .lan, or anything else.

I guess, what is your ultimate goal you're trying to accomplish?


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January 18, 2013 at 19:41:24

Okay it seems that I have alot of people pointing me in the right direction by asking me all these questions and trying to protect my users and there information so I want to start off by saying thank you very much.

My ultimate goal in setting up this network with a DC and AD server pushing DNS/DCHP services is more or less me learning networking equipment domains, servers, routing etc. I'm in the military and recently became Network Plus certified so I was trying to put some of my new knowledge to use.

I want users to be able to reach out and touch my DC by being authenicated with AD but from other locations I was told my other network friend of mine that I could associate an IP to my Domain even if i used the .local and allow this to happen very easily I'm looking for these services instead of opening my network files etc to the world to destroy. I hope this makes sense

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January 18, 2013 at 19:42:30

also with the login services that I'm looking for they will be accessing my FTP on my domain. I think there probably is a much easier way to do this but I'm just learning and tinkering with my new toys. any suggestions or places where I can find these services.

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