If you have ever had to move a DHCP Server from one physical server to another, you know that the process isn’t exactly fun or intuitive if the servers are running Windows Server 2003. Fortunately, when Microsoft created Windows Server 2008, they completely redesigned the administrative interface, and in doing so, also made DHCP much easier to migrate. In this article, I will show you how it’s done.
Microsoft Active Directory provides the structure to centralize the network management and store information about network resources across the entire domain. Active Directory uses Domain Controllers to keep this centralized storage available to network users. In order to configure a Windows Server 2008 machine to act as Domain Controller, several considerations and prerequisites should be taken into account, and several steps should be performed. In this article I will guide you through these prerequisites and steps of creating a new Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller for a new Active Directory domain in a new forest.
Installing Windows Server 2008 is pretty straightforward and is very much like installing Windows Vista, but I thought I’d list the necessary steps here for additional information. For those of you who have never installed Vista before, the entire installation process is different than it used to be in previous Microsoft operating systems, and notably much easier to perform.