Windows network from scratch – Setting up Windows Server 2008 RC2

Over the next few weeks I am going to be going through the setup up of a Windows Server 2008 R2 based network from scratch.

The first stage of this setup is to get our first server setup and working. The first step is to install the OS it’s self, this process is the same as it is for any Windows install that you have done and is quite self explanatory.

This guide will deal with everything after this point. Starting with the setup of Active Directory and the DNS service.

Once you’ve finished installing the OS you’ll eventually be greeted with a desktop.

As you can see you’ll be presented with a page giving you multiple options to setup your server.

You’ll need to go ahead and activate your computer and set up updates. Once you’ve done that we’ll move onto setting up this servers roles.

Select from the list “Active Directory and Domain Services” and click next.

This will show a report of what you are about to install you can just click next again.

Once the install has completed you’ll be given this screen. The next step is to click the blue hyperlink that will start the install of the DNS service (dcpromo.exe). You can pass through the first two screens by just clicking next.

Choose to create  a new forest.

On this screen you get to choose your Domain name. For our example we’ve use “notlambda.local”. It’s important to choose carefully here as you’ll be using this name a lot through out the administration of your new network.

I have chosen to use the latest functional level as this is a new network and so we’re only using Windows Server 2008 R2 servers on it however you’ll need to adjust this depending on your needs.

This message is warning that the server is being assigned an IP Dynamically, this is ok for testing however it’s best to use a static IP Address in a production environment.

And there you have it you have setup Active Directory and have your first server in your network. The computer will reboot and you’ll be ready to continue with setting up your network.

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6 Responses to Windows network from scratch – Setting up Windows Server 2008 RC2

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  2. ultrasound technician says:

    Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

  3. Tony says:

    Hello. This is extremely useful!

    I work for an IT company and I am trying to learn. I installed Server 2008. And have somehow installed Exchange 2007. Now, I’m trying to get this thing working! lol

    I’m tuned in. I hope you dont stop

  4. john says:

    Hi – Great article. You need to write more for all of us.

    Quick qustion, can you help me setup DFS on windows server 2008 r2. Step by step, just like the “Windows network from scratch – Setting up Windows Server 2008 RC2″. Im trying to setup my network at home and i would like all of my desktops, and laptops to be setup with DFS.

    thanks so much for your help on this..


  5. Ziarre says:

    You really saved my skin with this ifnromation. Thanks!

  6. Gerri says:

    Great article, thank you again for wriitng.

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