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How to promote a Windows server 2003 computer to a Domain Controller

Promoting a windows Server 2003 to a Dc is simple as such.

Step 1.

Install the Operating system “Windows Server 2003”

Step 2.

Assign ip address for the machine .

Start – Run – ncpa.cpl – Properties of LAN – Properties of TCP/IP

Step 3.

Start – Run – Dcpromo

This is the commad to promote a windows server 2003 computer to a Domain Controller

Step 4.

you will get a Active Directory Installation Wizard

Step 5.

Select Domain Controller for a new domain.

As this is our First Domain Controller in “Forest”

Step 6.

choose “Domain in a new forest”

Step 7.

Type the domain name you wish for “CareExchange.in” .com or .edu etc…

Do not have domain names without extensions Like “CareExchange” Which is not supported in more scenarios

Like installing Exchange Servers

Step 8.

Choose the netbios name ,

Step 9.

Choose the AD database Location

Step 10.

Location foy SYSVOL share

Step 11.

Choose Install and Configure DNS on this computer

which gives us a integrated DNS for the DC, which is recommended

Step 12.

Choose Permission Compatiblity for Windows 2000

Step 13.

Type the Domain Password

Step 14.

Step 15.

Looking for Windows Server Operation System CD

Step 16.

Do NOT “Skip DNS installation”

Step 17.

Reboot the Server

Great !!

You Promoted the Computer to a Domain Controller


Satheshwaran Manoharan
Satheshwaran Manoharanhttps://www.azure365pro.com
Award-winning Technology Leader with a wealth of experience running large teams and diversified industry exposure in cloud computing. From shipping lines to rolling stocks.In-depth expertise in driving cloud adoption strategies and modernizing systems to cloud native. Specialized in Microsoft Cloud, DevOps, and Microsoft 365 Stack and conducted numerous successful projects worldwide. Also, Acting as a Technical Advisor for various start-ups.

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  2. Thank you Satheshwaran! It helped me set up the first domain controller in a few clicks. Very clean and well explained! Keep up this good work.

  3. Hi Satheshwaran. It looks quite straight forward, thanks for your very clear instructions. I’m going to promote a school server to a DC this weekend. They’ve been using the server as peer-to-peer. I’d be grateful if you could answer 2 questions. Will I be able to access all the old data on the server. The workgroup in the school is stleonards, what extension should I use e.g. stleonards.com

    • Hi Michael,
      Once you Promote a workgroup machine to DC. All the data is still accessible.
      If they are using a IP to retrieve the data. There are going to be no issues.
      But if you they use FQDN of the machine. Make sure its going to be the same.

      If you using Domain.com your machine your DC comp name is Machinename.Domain.com

      so think and decide.

      I won’t recommend having a single label domain name as “domain”
      where most of the applications will get into more complications like Exchange servers

  4. Hi Satheshwaran. I’ve just successfully promoted a server to a DC in a small school near New Ross Ireland. It worked a dream. I’ve tested it and permissions, groups etc are working. I’m very grateful for the clear easy to follow instructions. Regards, Michael Duggan.


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