Complicated Office Virtualbox setup Scenario

January 12, 2012 at 02:23:20
Specs: Windows 2008
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

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 and if so, what would I use as my default gateway since I am disabling the DHCP in Server 2003 and my lan was -

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!

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January 12, 2012 at 08:54:22
Before I answer your questions, I do have to say, you will learn a lot more faster if you take screenshots of your current setups and start over instead of using a virtual environment.

To answer your first question, you can't. Even though it is a virtual platform your using, you still have to go with the rules of your network. However, your idea of disabling and enabling might work.. but you can't do that within the server, you have to do that in the router. Truth be told, a static connection within the network will work better for server functionality.

Second question.. there will be some conflicts here because your using a virtual environment. But, I have not done this kind of thing so I really don't know how to answer that question.

I honestly would take some screenshots of things and start over. Just nose around and see as much as you can about what the IT dude did and take some screenshots. Be sure to check out Active Directory and IIS, maybe he installed a web server as well? I can name off some places for you to check, but I would start over.. ONLY IF the server is not being used as a domain. If the server is being used as a domain, you could have some issues.

Jonas "Jackal" Lear
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