|I am sorry if I am using the wrong forum, and I am sorry for the long post but I am hoping for some help.|
Our work has Server 2003 set up and we are under what I understand to be a Private IP Lan. Let's say 172.30.0.1-172.30.0.254.
Our IT guy just quit, after we had purchased licenses for Windows Server 2008. My boss wants to do a clean install and start over.
I was asked to help out even though I have no idea what I am doing. I have been reading non-stop for 2 and half weeks now and advised my boss that if we cannot hire a tech, we should at least test Server 2008 before implementing it. I came across Virtualbox and decided to use this.
I have installed Server 2008 and Windows 7 into virtualbox. I started configuring Server 2008 and I read that prior to installing Active Directory I need to set my Domain Controller statically. I also read that if there is an existing DHCP set up, I should disable it because if I set up another DHCP there will be a conflict.
1) If I am setting up a server in Virtualbox that is in a computer that is part of the Server 2003 Domain.....How can I disable DHCP in Server 2003? Can I enable it after testing and will it mess up the IP addresses of the other computers that are part of the 2003 domain once I re-enable it?
2) Can I use a different IP address range for my Virtual Machine like 10.10.10.10 and if so, what would I use as my default gateway since I am disabling the DHCP in Server 2003 and my lan was 172.30.0.1 - 126.96.36.199?
I am hoping someone can help me. I am sorry, I know this is a forum and asking to be spoon fed is frowned upon, but I am really trying and I have finally decided to seek advice. I can provide more information if needed.
Thank you again!