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Microsoft KB Archive/102044

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Bringing up a Windows NT Advanced Server in a TCP/IP WAN

Article ID: 102044

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q102044


When you bring up a Windows NT Server as a "Server", the Windows NT Server communicates with the domain controller and checks for access permissions and so on. When the domain spans over a wide area network (WAN) and the domain controller is located across a router that is routing IP only, you should perform the following procedure to bring up a server in the domain.

These steps will allow the Windows NT Server to resolve the name of the domain controller and communicate with it for authentication and participation in the domain:

  1. Prepare an LMHOSTS file on another machine. The LMHOSTS file should contain the following information:

          IP Address of DC    NetBIOS name of DC     #PRE #DOM:Domain name
       For example:
         DOMCTRLR               #PRE #DOM:MYDOMAIN
  2. Copy the LMHOSTS file to a floppy disk so that it can later be imported by the domain controller.
  3. When you are installing the Server, select the Custom Install option to install the Advanced Server.
  4. During a network installation, make sure you select TCP/IP Protocol to be installed. This step is important; otherwise, only NetBEUI will be installed, and the Windows NT Server is not able to communicate with the domain controller.
  5. After TCP/IP is installed, choose OK. The TCP/IP settings menu will be displayed. After entering the IP address and other TCP/IP- related information, choose the IMPORT LMHOSTS File button.
  6. Place the floppy disk containing the new LMHOSTS file in the floppy disk drive and specify the path for the LMHOSTS file in the IMPORT LMHOSTS File dialog box. Note that you need only specify the path, not the name of the file. For example, if the LMHOSTS file is located in the root directory of the floppy disk and the disk is in drive A, you need only specify "A:\" in the dialog box. Also note that the file must be named "LMHOSTS".
  7. Follow the instructions and answer the installation questions.

Additional query words: prodnt TCP/IP Domains Advanced Server

Keywords: kbnetwork KB102044