Virtual Machine Active Directory Domain Controller


I have a VM with Win2k3 x64 Enterprise Edition installed. I have DNS Server and AD(DC) Server roles added to this VM. I would like to know if I could join my laptop (which is the host for the VM) to the domain I created on the VM. When I try to change the domain of my laptop to the domain I created on the VM I get the following error:

The error was: "DNS name does not exist." (error code 0x0000232B RCODE_NAME_ERROR)

I feel I am missing some steps/configurations. What is the best way to do this? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

asked on Server Fault May 6, 2011 by (unknown user)

1 Answer


You can howerver you're going to have issues with authentication and logging in since the VM won't be up until after you log in and start VMWare.

What you are probably missing is that you need to set your DNS server to the IP of the VM so that is can look up the DC location

answered on Server Fault May 10, 2011 by Zypher

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