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Windows Server and AD

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by FlyingDude, Jan 10, 2006.

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  1. FlyingDude

    FlyingDude Thread Starter

    Jan 10, 2006

    I am not sure if this is the right place to place this thread, but I will just put it here.

    I would like to set up a windows 2000 server or 2003 server with levels of permissions on file and printer sharing for the assigned users.

    Does this require Active Directory?

    If so, from what I have read, Active Directory requires a FQDN. Is this really necessary? What I would like to do is, I do not really want to use my domain name, nor buy another one. Please advice, or point out some where I can find more information. Thanks much!
  2. StumpedTechy


    Jul 7, 2004
    Windows server does in fact ultilize AD and this is required use in Windows 2000 and Windows 2003.

    Yes it is very necessary as if you run a domain but don't have AD and DNS setup right you will have slow logins, incorrect browsing, missing computers from the domain, not able to see all users and groups, along with other problems like settiing GPO's and whatnot. Basically VERY messy.

    FQDN can be an internal domain and does not have to have ANY link to your current Domain name you use for web information. As well your FQDN can be anything you want it to be and does not require any type of payment for a domain name.

    Here is some good reading on Active Directory remember that active directory is VERY DNS related so you have to make sure your internal DNS is working properly on your domain.



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