How to Install and Configure DHCP Server in Windows Server 2008

DHCP in Windows Server 2008 Overview

Watch my YouTube video tutorials on installing and configuring a DHCP Server in Windows Server 2008. In these videos, I also disable the DHCP server on my router to force the clients on my home network to pick up an IP address from the Windows 2008 Server.

How to Connect a Computer to the Active Directory Domain

Video Tutorials

This tutorial shows you how to connect a client computer (Windows 7) to an Active Directory domain.

  This tutorial demonstrates the difference between logging into the domain as a domain user and logging into the local computer as a local user

How to Create OUs in Active Directory

Video Tutorial

This video shows you how to begin organizing your Active Directory Domain by creating OUs and nested OUs that represent different areas of your organization or company

 Tip: You can click the “Full Screen” button in the lower right to expand the video size to full screen.

Installing Active Directory and DNS Services


Last week’s assignment was to download and burn Windows Server 2008 R2 from either your MSDN Alliance account or by creating an account at Microsoft Dreamspark. Then you installed Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition in the Lab or on a computer at home (Note: Server 2008 requires a computer capable of 64bit).

Now that you have your server installed, this week you are going to install Active Directory Domain Services and DNS Services on your server. Active Directory is Windows Server. With Active Directory you have complete control over users and computers on your network. You can create users and groups, create OUs (organizational units), delegate permissions, allow computers on your network …you name it. First off you need to learn about Organizational Units

Install Active Directory and DNS Services

Now that you have a computer running Windows Server 2008 why not make it a domain controller?To do this you need to install Active Directory Domain Services and DNS Services. Your assignment is to install Active Directory and DNS Services on your server and promote your server to a Domain Controller. To help you do this watch my video below.

Turning it in:
The assignment is not considered complete until you post a screenshot of your “Active Directory Users and Computers” window on top of your desktop to the Forum. In the
“Active Directory Users and Computers” window expand the Active directory tab so we can see your server domain name. Please save your screenshot as a JPEG image file and post it to the Forum under the appropriate topic.



 Windows Server 2008 New Installation Tips

  • it is WAY locked down which can be annoying … read on,
  • It is also missing a lot of the things that a desktop OS benefits from,
  • like drivers written for older onboard sound and video (This may help: under Administrative Tools go to your Server Manager then click Change System Properties  click Hardware and then Device Installation Settings and change it to “Yes” (I finally found some drivers on the Dell website that work in compatibility mode! My fault for installing the server on older non server-ish hardware)
  • like a web browser that lets you actually browse the web (See my, “How to disable Enhance Security Configuration” instructions below)
  • and also a media player . . . (For this open your Server Manager and under Features click on Add Features then check Desktop Experience + add required features + Next + Install)

How to disable “Enhanced Security Configuration” for Internet Explorer
Start > Administrative Tools > Server Manager
Under the Security Information section click on Configure IE ESC, it is one of the blue links on the right. Click the off radio button for administrators and restart your browser. That thing drives me crazy.

Install Windows Server 2008


You need to install Windows Server 2008 so you can apply what you learn in a hands-on manner. You will install Server 2008 Enterprise Edition or R2 Edition.

Install Windows Server 2008

Install Windows Server 2008 in the Computer Networking Lab or at home so you can do hands-on projects and apply what you learn about Active Directory and Windows Server 2008.

You need to set up a Microsoft Imagine Account so you can have access to Windows Server. As a student with a .edu email address, you can create an account, get verified, and download Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as other developer applications.

  • 1) An account with the Microsoft Imagine
  • 2) A download link to download Windows Server 2008, and 
  • 3) Dont forget to write down the serial/license number for the operating system, when you see it in the pop-up browser window.


  1. login to your Imagine account (see your recent email) and
  2. Click on the link to the Operating System you need to download this will open a pop-up window
  3. The pop-up window will have the serial/key number (write it down) and a download button, click it when you are ready to download. It will take a long time to download (If you have slow internet I can always burn you a copy of mine).
  4. The download button will download a small executable installer file. Download it to your desktop and double click on it to run it. It will save to a recommended location. My download defaulted to C:\temp\ directory. When the download is finished (LONG TIME) there should be an .iso image file which you can then burn to a DVD as a bootable image file.
  5. To burn the disk use Nero, Roxio, or ImgBurn which is a free program to burn a bootable disc from an .iso image file. Look for a choice like Copy Disc or Create Image, not create a Data Disc.

Welcome to Windows Server 2008


The purpose of this class is to prepare you to become a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in a Windows Network Operating System (ie. Windows Server). Passing a Microsoft certification exam is a step towards becoming MCSA, MCSE, or the newest certification, MCITP certified. In this class you will be working with the Windows Server 2008 network operating system.

Class Materials and Software

The curriculum in this class maps to Microsoft’s 70-640 Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory MCITP exam. The class materials are software based and include online interactive tutorials, videos, simulations and tests. You will need to purchase Testout’s “70-640 Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory” LabSim curriculum. You can purchase the software directly from TestOut at their website Go to and click on Purchasing > Student Purchasing. Then enter the promotion code at the right hand side of the page and click apply. You should now see a page with a list of the LabSim products at the student discount price of approximately $89. The easiest way to purchase is online, directly through LabSim with a credit card. If you want to purchase through the bookstore, contact our college bookstore and tell them the title and the ISBN# and they can order it for you, but they will add their additional cost to the order. To get the ISBN# numbers on the TestOut website go to Purchasing > Labsim ISBNs. When you set up your LabSim account make sure you list your college and instructor. For non-college students, any student with a “.edu” email address can qualify for student pricing with TestOut directly.

For this course I have online video tutorials at .

Week 1 Overview

Your main goal this week should be to successfully purchase the 70-640 Windows Server curriculum from and install Windows Server and Client.

Week 1 Lab Assignment

In addition to doing TestOut simulated labs, you should install and run both a Windows Server 2008 R2 server and a Windows 7 client computer. You will need to set up Microsoft Imagine account enabling you to receive activation licenses and downloads .iso files for Windows Server and Windows client operating systems.

  1. Install Server 2008 and Windows 7 in your home lab
  2. Install Server 2008 and Windows 7 as virtual machines on a personal laptop or desktop computer.