How to configure Group Policy in Windows Server 2003

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First create Organizational Units in Active Directory Users and computers

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Right Click the OU and select properties

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Go to group policy tab and click new

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Provide appropriate Name and Select Edit

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Select a Policy (In this case minimum password age policy is selected. This security setting determines the period of time (in days) that a password must be used before the user can change it.)

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2 days were given

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Troubleshooting

Use dcgpofix tool to revert to the default state

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Troubleshooting on targeted computer

Gpresult : This tool can only be run locally on the target computer, but it provides information about the Resultant Set of Policies (RSoP), blocked GPOs, permissions on GPOs, and much more. Using the command with the /v switch will show a great deal of information about the GPOs that are affecting the computer and about user accounts associated with the current logon session. [Derek Melber, Windows Administration, Your Guide to Group Policy Troubleshooting, https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/2007.02.troubleshooting.aspx%5D

 

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How to Configure Active Directory on Windows Server 2003

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To configure Network Settings

Type ncpa.cpl  run command

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Provide appropriate IP addresses of the server and DNS (Server itself can be the DNS server if you don’t have another operational DNS)

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Install Active Directory

Type DCPromo  run command

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click Next to proceed

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Select Domain controller for a new domain

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Select Domain in a new forest

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Enter the DNS name for the new domain

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Keep the default for the Domain NetBIOS name

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Keep the default for the active directory database and log files destination folder

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Keep the default for the SYSVOL folder destination

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Keep the default for the DNS configuration

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appropriate permission level is selected. In this case default is chosen.

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Restore Mode password is given

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Click Next for the summary interface (after reading of course)

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Wait for a while….

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click Finish

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Restart the server

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Congratulations.. Active Directory is Installed now !!

How to Install Windows Server 2003

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Insert Windows Server 2003 CD and load to begin the Installation process

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Press Enter key to set up Windows Server 2003

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Press F8 Accept the Windows License Agreement

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Create new Partition By pressing D

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Format the newly created partition

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Wait till Setup copies files

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Setup process reboots and loads a GUI mode phase

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Regional and Language Options

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Type the Name and the Organization

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Insert Product Key [QW32K-48T2T-3D2PJ-DXBWY-C6WRJ]

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Enter  license type and number of purchased licenses

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Type Computer Name and Administrator Password

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Choose the correct Date and Time

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Choose appropriate Networking Settings

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Default Workgroup is kept

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Setup finishes and boots up. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del
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Type User name and Password to Log in

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