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Windows Server Domain


In an attempt to get some familiarity with the administration of Microsoft Windows Server based domains, I have built a Windows Server domain at my home. These pages describe the hardware and software that I currently have running, they provide an overview of my setup and experiences that I have had along the way, but for more detailed information, you will need to refer to other, more comprehensive, sites - Microsoft themselves are probably the best place to start.

I will try to describe the configuration of my network and my understanding of how Windows Domains can be configured, but not necessarily how they should be!

I am not a certified MCSE, nor do I have any of the other Microsoft "badges", I have had a little experience managing a small (and I mean very small) Windows domain in the course of my work, but am little more than an enthusiastic amateur. These are my experiences, your mileage may vary, and as with all things Internet, caveat emptor!

For an overview of the current domain hardware, refer to the Architecture page. (coming soon . . . )

For a brief description of how things have evolved, refer to the History page.


Note: It goes without saying - but I'll mention it anyway, in a typical home environment, a Windows Domain is not a cost effective method for providing the features and services that I actually use. There are low cost, or even free solutions, predominantly based on one of the many flavours of Linux, for achieving the same results. The biggest driver in my selection of Windows Server was to use my home network as a test lab, using it to gain knowledge and experience of a Windows Server environment.







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