Active Directory setup question

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When I do a AD setup, at the part it ask's for a Username, Password, and Domain. If my Full DNS domain name is; 01-02-03.mydomain.com which part of this do I put there if not all. At the second box for "full DNS" name, I would guess I put that full name there? 01-02-03.mydomain.com I just don't want to end up with 01-02-03.01-02-03.mydomain.com like I've done in the past. TIA

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Is this a “new” Active Directory schema or just adding a new machine into an existing AD?

If its a new AD schema:
mydomain.com should be considered the root of your domain, but you could also name the domain xyz.mydomain.com or get a little more granular and name it by location (ie – newyorkcity.mydomain.com) you have to take into consideration that your “machine ‘host’ name” will be appended to the end of your new domain so if you name your new domain 01-02-03.mydomain.com and your machine ‘host’ name is 01-02-03, the machine name in the domain would be 01-02-03.01-02-03.mydomain.com .
Just remember that whatever you type into that box is the permanent domain name, DO NOT add the machine name to what you want to name the domain.

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  • Muddhole
    I'll be adding a new machine to and existing domain, and then having the new machine take over the Schema master role by siezing it from the Schema master. This can be done right, or is there a better way? Going back to the setup box regarding the domain names. So if my Full DNS name is 01-02-03.domain.com. The first box should contain what part of the 01-02-03.domain.com syntax? Would it be the root part (domain.com)? Thanks!
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  • Mike5532
    Why seize the Schema master role? Unless you have a failed DC you dont need to go through the hassle unless you are having other issues with trying to use the graphical interface to move the role. I would just make sure you are a Schema Admin, log onto your new DC where you want to transfer the Schema Master FSMo role, then load the Active Directory Schema MMC, right click on the "Active Directory Schema" click on Operations Master, then click change. If you get an error you will need to right click on Active Directory Schema in the MMC, click on Change Domain Controller, and click on the domain controller you want to become the FSMO role. Then follow the above directions to change the FSMO role to your new DC.
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  • Muddhole
    I probably mentioned seizing cause I was having trouble trying to get AD setup on the new DC, but was getting an error message that stated. Would I even be able to seize if I can't get passed this? The operation failed because: This Active Directory installation requires domain configuration changes, but whether these changes have been made on the domain controller "controller.dc1.domain.com" is undetermined. The installation process has quit. "The system cannot find the file specified" What file is it talking about?
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  • Rbittel
    Going back to the setup box regarding the domain names. So if my Full DNS name is 01-02-03.domain.com. The first box should contain what part of the 01-02-03.domain.com syntax? Would it be the root part (domain.com)? Thanks! If you were going to "Ping" an exisiting machine by ip address would you get back: 1.) machinename.01-02-03.domain.com or 2.) machinename.domain.com if example 1 then you would enter 01-02-03.domain.com if example 2 then you would enter domain.com
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  • Rbittel
    I probably mentioned seizing cause I was having trouble trying to get AD setup on the new DC, but was getting an error message that stated. Would I even be able to seize if I can’t get passed this?
    
    The operation failed because:
    
    This Active Directory installation requires domain configuration changes, but whether these changes have been made on the domain controller “controller.dc1.domain.com” is undetermined. The installation process has quit.
    
    “The system cannot find the file specified”
    
    What file is it talking about?
    Are you adding a new machine to an existing Domain or setting up a whole new Domain?
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  • Rbittel
    Sorry didn't read your whole reply. So you are adding an additional DC to an existing domain. 1.) What "version" of MS Server are you running on the current domain? 2.) What "version" of MS Server is on the "New" server? 3.) If you are trying to add a 2003 SP2 R2 server as a new domain controller on a NON R2 domain there is some additional prep that needs to be done before you add the new DC to the domain.
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  • Muddhole
    If you were going to “Ping” an exisiting machine by ip address would you get back: 1.) machinename.01-02-03.domain.com or 2.) machinename.domain.com if example 1 then you would enter 01-02-03.domain.com if example 2 then you would enter domain.com When I ping by IP I'm not getting any domain name but just an IP address. At least that is what happens from home. When I RDC into another DC and try pinging I get the same results. (Am I having DNS issues?) Also when I ping by name I do get FQDN: machine.subdomain.domain.com I guess that would be option 2 then wouldn't it? MS version: On existing DC's we have W2K3 Standard SP2 (not sure about the R2) How do I find out? New Server: W2K3 Standard SP2 (again not sure about the R2 sorry)
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