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Installing Windows 2000 machines connected to PennNet.

There is one important change to make during installation of Microsoftís Windows 2000 product line, within the Network setup portion of the install. Instead of installing the default network settings, choose Custom configuration.

Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click on the Properties button.

DHCP users can proceed by clicking on the Advanced tab. Other users will need to specify their IP address.

To do so, click the radio button for "Use the following IP address"

Set the IP address to match the host record for this machine as recorded in the Assignments Database.

Set the appropriate subnet mask and gateway for your network.

For DNS server, enter your dns servers.

All users, click the Advanced button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen (as pictured above).


Click on the DNS tab located at the top.

Now, clear away the check mark from the box that reads "Register this connectionís address in DNS".

Click OK

Click OK again. You may get a warning regarding having an adapter without a WINS entry. If you have plans to use WINS, make the appropriate entries. Otherwise ignore the warning and continue.

Click Next to continue with your installation.


For Windows 2000 Servers Only : The install proceeds after a reboot. After itís finished restarting, log on as Administrator. The Server Configuration Wizard will begin.

If this machine will be the first Primary on your network, choose "This is the only server on my network."

In our example, we are planning to create a new, distinct NT Domain based on this new Windows 2000 server. Although we have an existing production NT server, it belongs to an earlier domain, unrelated to our new domain, EXAMPLELAND. Although we are using DHCP as provided by other campus servers, and DNS services provided by other campus servers, we were still able to proceed with this installation by clicking NEXT, since nothing on this server will be used to replace those services.

For the Name of your domain, choose a Domain name in the NT4 style, in our example we chose EXAMPLELAND as our domain name. Keep in mind, this will also be translated to a dns domain, known as

You can click in the grey preview your active directory name box to see how active directory will register this machine. The "Downlevel" (NT4-style) domain name appears just below.

Click Next to proceed, then Next to reboot. NOTE: Do not click on any of the prompts that may appear before you reboot. In our example, the Add Components Wizard began running at this point, and although it presented a dialog box, clicking in it interrupted the normal installation process. Subsequent testing showed no interaction was required with this wizard at this time.

After the reboot, logon to the server. Verify in the properties of My Network Places, in the Properties of Local Area Connection, under the Internet Protocol properties window that your network settings are still correct. Correct them if necessary.

Step 3 : Stopping the server product from attempting to automatically register


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