Step 1: Configure Active Directory and DNS on Computer 1

Commerce Server 2002

You configure the first computer for Active Directory and DNS, and then promote it to an Active Directory domain controller. Active Directory will store sensitive user profile data such as user name and password. The remaining non-sensitive profile data will be stored in the SQL Server database.

To configure Computer 1

  1. Install Windows 2000 Advanced Server, using the Default installation.
    • Use only alphanumeric characters in the computer name.
    • Format the partition with Windows NTFS file system where Windows 2000 is to be installed.
    • Make sure that Internet Information Services (IIS) is not selected in the Windows 2000 Components screen.
  2. Install Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and the required hotfixes specified at
  3. Open Control Panel, and then use Network and Dial-up Connections to configure the static Internet Protocol (IP) address, Subnet mask, and Default gateway. Use the static IP address of the domain controller as the Preferred DNS Server. For detailed instructions, see "Configure TCP/IP to use DNS" and "Configure TCP/IP to use WINS" in Windows 2000 Server Help.

    For additional networking information, see the Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit.

To promote Computer 1 to an Active Directory domain controller, you must use the Active Directory Installation Wizard to specify that this computer is the domain controller.

To promote Computer 1 to a domain controller

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Run dialog box, in the Open box, type dcpromo, and then click OK.
  3. In the Active Directory Installation Wizard, click Next.
  4. In the Domain Controller Type dialog box, select Domain controller for a new domain, and then click Next.
  5. In the Create Tree or Child Domain dialog box, select the Create a new domain tree option, and then click Next.
  6. In the Create or Join Forest dialog box, select Create a new forest of domain trees, and then click Next.
  7. In the New Domain Name dialog box, in the Full DNS name for new domain box, type the full DNS name for the new domain (for example,
  8. In the NetBIOS Domain Name dialog box, in the Domain NetBIOS name box, type the name (for example, wideworldimporters) that users of earlier versions of Windows will use to identify the domain. It is recommended that you accept the default, which is a shortened version of the full DNS name. Click Next.
  9. In the Database and Log Locations dialog box, select the location where you want to place your log files.
  10. In the Shared System Volume dialog box, accept the default settings, unless you have a specific reason to change them.
  11. If DNS is not installed on your computer, you will be prompted to install it. Select Yes, install and configure DNS on this computer, and then click Next.
  12. In the Permissions dialog box, select the Permissions compatible only with Windows 2000 servers option, and then click Next.
  13. In the Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator Password dialog box, do the following:
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    PasswordType the password that you want to assign to the Administrator account for the server.
    Confirm passwordType the password again to confirm it.
  14. Click Next.
  15. In the Summary dialog box, review the options you selected to ensure your Active Directory configuration is correct. If it is, click Next to start the installation process, or to reconfigure your selections, click Back.
  16. During the installation process, you might be required to insert the Windows 2000 CD into the CD-ROM drive.
  17. In the Completing the Active Directory Installation Wizard dialog box, click Finish.
  18. Restart the server.

You have successfully configured Active Directory and DNS on Computer 1. Continue to Step 2: Configure Computer 2.

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