Creating a Domain Conroller without a Domain

May 1, 2009 at 15:29:00
Specs: Windows XP
Hi Guys.
I'm creating a test environment and I've just installed Server 2003 Enterprise on a machine that will be my Primary Domain Controller. Stupid question...Do I have to have a registered Domain to complete the Domain Controller setup? Meaning do you always have to go throught e process of establishing a Domain with a hoster before you can created a Domain Controller? 2003 doesn't seem to let me get passed that part of the set up with entering a Domain? Thanks in Advance!

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#1
May 1, 2009 at 16:32:41
Your domain can be whatever you want it to be. It will never be public. To be public you have to buy a domain name and then publish it on the web.

A domain name like computing.net is not related to being a domain controller which is unique to Microsoft Active Directory/NT


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#2
May 1, 2009 at 16:32:43
No, you can have a .local domain. In fact, that's what MS recommends. From time to time, people use a .com that they pull out of the air & it usually already exists. It just causes a lot of problems.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#3
May 1, 2009 at 17:44:34
Thankx guys, i wish i would have read you replies b4 i registered a Domain name with Microsoft office live. It was free so I guess its no harm. But when I'm creating that first Domain controller for a Domain and I enter a registered or unregistered Domain name, where do I get the Gateway ( router ) info and the IP adresses from ...I konw another stupid question...lol

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#4
May 1, 2009 at 18:02:53
What kind of modem & router do you have?

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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