Newbie seeks help setting up and configuring Windows Server 2003

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LAN administration
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows XP
Network administration
Network management
Static IP address
Windows Server 2003 configuration
I'm Windows user, my office have 6 staff ( maximum are using XP SP2 OS) and I would like to get information about the set up of server 2003. I have server and it is not configured for log in to it, I have connect server into network. yes they can connect server as usual they connect in LAN to other computer in work-group. I want to make all staff log in to the server while they are in their log in menu,through their individual PC and stored all files they work into the server. I have Internet connection with out static IP address from ISP and my LAN is working properly with shared printer, each staff can access internet, shared files and documents ect. Can anybody please help me step by step to do this. It would be the greatest appreciation.

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If you have just standard Windows Server 2003, this is going to be a challenge for you if you are new to networking. I would recommend using Microsoft Small Business Server. It is geared toward small networks like you describe and will give you lots of flexibility. There will be lots of support available for you using this platform also. Try some of the Microsoft Virtual Labs on the product also.

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  • Brien Posey
    It sounds like you have already got your users connecting to the server in workgroup fashion. You are going to have to promote the server to domain controller status. You can do this by entering DCPROMO at the Run prompt. The Active Directory is dependant on DNS, so when DCPROMO asks you if you want to set up a DNS server, be sure to say Yes. You will also have to be sure to tell DCPROMO to create a new domain in a new forest. When the process completes, you will have to create some user accounts. You can do this through the Active Directory Users and Computers console, found on the server's Administrative Tools menu.
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