Home Network Domain Controller

Microsoft Windows server 2003
April 5, 2010 at 18:22:29
Specs: Windows 2003
Hi, I currently have a old computer that has Windows Server 2003 on it. I would like to use it as a Domain controller for my home network just to test out some things. I can't find anything online on how to set it up for home networks only for general things. If anyone can give me some links explain on how to set it up for a home network that would be great. Thanks.

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#1
April 5, 2010 at 20:08:08
no differance between a home dc and a workplace dc.
plan/act accordingly.

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#2
April 5, 2010 at 21:35:30
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#3
April 6, 2010 at 03:58:33
Oh ok so just to make sure I have everything right. First I set up the DHCP server. Then plug my modem into the computer then plug the computer into a network switch or DHCP forwarder. Then after that I just setup the domain and active directory stuff.

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#4
April 6, 2010 at 08:09:47
No mention of you doing web hosting so reverseinternet's post does not apply.

Your modem should be plugged into a router not the server directly.

Might want to state exactly what the planned useage is for this DC to better advise you.


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#5
April 6, 2010 at 08:41:36
I want to set it up so my family can access their account from
any computer in my house which requires a domain controller.
I also want to use the computer to assign and manage the ips
of the computers which require a DHCP server.

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#6
April 6, 2010 at 09:03:17
You should have your router handle the dhcp requests. You do a static ip assignment to the server and limit the dhcp scope on the router to not include that ip address.

You don't need a dc to accomplish "so my family can access their account from
any computer in my house". You just need a workgroup file server. You do not want all your home pcs joining a domain unless you are interested in doing group policies to restrict/control these home pcs.

Do you know how to create a workgroup?


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#7
April 6, 2010 at 14:27:15
I fixed it. I didn't realize I had to make the IP of the server static outside of my routers ip range.

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#8
April 6, 2010 at 16:17:05
Do you understand that you don't need the complication of a domain controller? So you do not need to run dcpromo.

In a workgroup configuration you make identical users accounts on all pcs and server. Set the password for the users and set to not expire.

Next you setup user shares on the file server. You assign each user to their own share with full control and remove everyone from the share. This gives them a private area on the server. You would also want to setup a shared share that everyone can access so that its easy to transfer data between pcs.

Hope this helps


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