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So, i'm wanting to set up Active Directory on Windows Server 2008 R2, but so far i've only got it to work with XP Clients, when I try and join the domain with my Windows 7/Vista machines it returns a DNS error that I cannot seem to fix.
I am looking for an in-depth tutorial or just a work around for this.. any help would be greatly appreciated.

thank you
Edited by OC-Guru - 2/29/12 at 7:28pm
 
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Are the Windows 7 machines Professional edition or higher?

Are you using a switch?
Does the server have DHCP/DNS services running?
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Originally Posted by That Guy View Post

Are the Windows 7 machines Professional edition or higher?
Are you using a switch?
Does the server have DHCP/DNS services running?

I am using Windows 7 Professional 64bit and my other computer is running Windows Vista Ultimate 32bit.

I am using a router (all PC's are plugged into a router with CAT5e cabling, except my main machine which is using CAT6) (Virgin Media SuperHub)

I have tried settings up DHCP/DNS. but I cannot get my head around it. I know how to set up AD because I had it working with all my XP clients.. but for some reason Windows 7/Vista is having problems.

I may need some help setting up DHCP/DNS..

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can anyone help??
 
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Have you configured DHCP and DNS yet?
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Have you configured DHCP and DNS yet?

This is the problem, I don't know how to frown.gif
 
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Quote:
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This is the problem, I don't know how to frown.gif

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732584.aspx
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post #8 of 22
Make sure you turn DHCP off on the router too if you're going to set DHCP on the 08 box.
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Make sure you turn DHCP off on the router too if you're going to set DHCP on the 08 box.

oh god.. does this mean im going to have to assign IP's manually? or will my server do it automatically?


What do i click now??
Should that be okay??
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Make sure the windows 7 clients have their DNS pointed at the domain controller. The DNS server service is installed when you install AD/DS, so there's no need to do any extra config on that end of things unless you need to do something fancy.

I'm assuming you don't want to make your 08 box a DHCP server. I've always found this to be more trouble than it's worth.
    
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