Before configuring your Windows home Server as a domain controller, make sure that Windows Server 2003 is installed on your host computer and you have assigned a static IP address to the Server.
The new version of Windows Server 2003 - Windows Server 2008 can also be configured as a domain controller, but for home use the Windows Server 2003 will adequately suit your needs. It is less complicated than Windows Server 2008, and also cheaper. The Windows Server 2008 is an advanced version of the Windows Server 2003 and more suitable for business environments. So, why spend extra money on Windows Server 2008 when Windows Server 2003 can vwork the same way in your small home network set up for a lower cost?
So, in this tutorial I will walk you through all the steps you will need to configure Windows Server 2003 as a domain controller. The process is very easy and you do not require very high expertise to do it.
Step 1: Start Domain Controller and DNS setup process. Go to Start -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools and click on “Manage Your Server".
Step 2: In the Manage your Server wizard that opens, click on “Add or remove a role".
Step 3: Verify that all the steps mentioned in the “Preliminary Steps" page have been completed. If so, click the “Next" button.
Step 4: In the next page, select “Domain Controller (Active Directory)" and click “Next".
Step 5: In the “Summary of Selections" page, click “Next".
Step 6: The “Activity Directory Installation Wizard" starts. Click on “Next".
Step 7: In the “Operating System Compatibility" page, click “Next".
Step 8: In the next page, select the “Domain controller for a new domain" option, and click “Next".
Step 9: In the “Create New Domain" page, the “Domain in a new forest" option must be selected already, so keep that selected.
Step 10: In this step you have to think of a name for your new domain. The domain name can be anything you wish; it could include numeric and alphanumeric characters. It can even be like a website address, for example myhomedomaincontroller.com. Once you have chosen a name, enter it under “Full DNS name for new domain", and click “Next"
Step 11: In the “NetBIOS Domain Name" page, click “Next".
Step 12: In the next page, browse and select the folders where you wish to store the Active Directory database and the log files. Then click “Next".