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Can't find domain - 21.Apr.2006 3:45:14 PM   


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I have installed Server 2003 but I can't find the domain on the network.
I can ping the ip address.
I can see the server from the network.

nslookup returns:
Can't  find server name for address Non-existent domain
Default Servers are not available
Server: Unknown

According to the configuration log DNS was installed succesfully.

When I log onto the server the domain name is not on the list to log only the computer name.


Thanks Andy

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RE: Can't find domain - 21.Apr.2006 6:51:25 PM   


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What do you mean DNS is installed successfully?

Have you installed ANOTHER DNS service on this new server? All you need to do it point to an existing Windows DNS server eg the DC server, then it should find the domain.

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RE: Can't find domain - 21.Apr.2006 7:15:50 PM   


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I have not installed a second DNS this is a new installation of server 2003 and all I've done is to go through the setup on a new server. The comment about DNS being installed succesfully was taken from the configuration log. When I log on to the server it does not even list the domain to log on to.

The domain name is csa.sc.com and that is in the Forward lokkup zone.

Thanks, Andy

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RE: Can't find domain - 21.Apr.2006 11:09:12 PM   


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to see the domain name in the drop-down list on the logon screen you need to make sure you have joined the computer to the domain.

assuming you are installing this server into an existing Windows 2003 Active Directory domain:

-build the server
-set the IP address settings making sure you set DNS server(s) to point to the address of the existing domain controller / DNS server (don't use your ISPs DNS)
-logon to the new server
-right-click 'My Computer'
-select 'Computer Name' tab
-click the 'Change...' button

the server will likely have the Workgroup radio button selected.  Select the domain radio button, enter the name of the domain you are joining and click OK

You'll be prompted for credentials - usually the domain administrator account credentials will do fine.

if successful you'll be prompted to reboot.  do so, and when you see the logon screen you should see the domain name in the "log on to" drop down box.

hope this helps,

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RE: Can't find domain - 22.Apr.2006 3:50:47 AM   


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What we trying to do is replace a server that is currently the domain controller and exchange 2003. I was trying to create a new domain controller with a new name and then move everything from the old server to the new one. I also need to configure a terminal server to allow remote users to run applications we have 20 licenses for this purpose.

We have 3 copies of Windows Server 2003 and 1 copy of Exchange 2003. We also plan to set up anothe office in another state with a server,  exchange server, and a terminal server ther

I just started learning this 2 months ago. So I'm largely shooting in the dark. Currently I have two new servers to work with and the old ones we want to rebuld everything and move to the new office. The terminal server is currently running on a desktop PC.

My question comes because I have tried running the installation twice and everthing looks right except I can't get the computer with the new Domians to recognize the domian from anywhere.

DNS and Active Directory are both installed on these machines and I ping and access the drives, but nslookup can't find the servers.

The new Domains are csa.sc.com and csa.nc and they are in the forward lookup zones.

Thanks, Andy

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RE: Can't find domain - 22.Apr.2006 4:53:20 AM   


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to replace the current active directory domain controller with a new server:
-do a fresh install of Server 2003
-join the computer to the existing domain
-install the DNS service
-run the Active Direcotry installation wizard (or start-->run-->dcpromo) to make the server an additional domain controller for the existing domain
-transfer all FSMO roles to the new DC
-run 'dcpromo' on the od DC to demote it (so it's no longer a domain controller)

The article at http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm may be helpful in this regard.
Google is also your friend. ;-)

To move Exchange server to a new machine:
-install windows server 2003 (or use the new DC computer)
-install Exchange Server 2003
-move all the mailboxes from the old server to the new server
-move the public folders to the new server

How to remove the first Exchange Server 2003 computer from the administrative group

How to move Exchange 2003 to new hardware and keep the same server name

The road to relocating Exchange is fraught with potholes.  If you are new at this, I strongly suggest you involve an Exchange specialist to help with the transition.

The DC and the Exchange server can both run on one of the new servers.  However, depending on user load you may also wish to dedicate a single server to this task.

To introduce a terminal server
You will need a dedicated server to achieve this.  You cannot run terminal services in application server mode on a domain controller (well, it's not impossible, but you will not sleep for the rest of your life if you do)

bascially, you:
-install Server 2003
-join the computer to the domain
-add/remove programs --> install terminal services in application server mode

Make sure you have enough terminal server CALs to run the terminal server.  You only have 90 days grace period once you activate your server in application server mode.

What you are looking to do is not simple feat.  I strongly suggest you retain the help of a trained professional or consultant in your project.  This will not only ensure you are successful in your implementaiton, but it will undoubtedly provide you with a significant opportunity for learning as well.

I hope this helps.

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