Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Domain Services Step by Step Installation

In this blog post we will be learning on how to Promote Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Services.

Ever since Windows 2000 Server was released way back in year 2000 we learnt Active Directory and its feature. As time passed many changes were made in Windows Server 2003 and 2008. “DCPROMO” an .exe file residing in system32 folder did the magic. Once Activated no one can break the security.

So what is there for us in Windows Server 2012. Yes, time has changed so does Windows Server 2012 has changed and there are lot more than what we expected from Microsoft.

Lets Explore.

Scenario

DNS role already installed.

Static IPv4 Assigned.

First DC in the forest by the name DC1.MSEXCHANGETEAM.IN

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Figure 1.1 : Dashboard.

In Figure 1.1 Server Manager Dashboard. One stop location to view what Roles and Features are installed and what can be installed. Lets install Active Directory Domain Services Roles.

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Figure 1.2 : Before you begin.

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Figure 1.3 : Role-base or feature-based installation

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Figure 1.4 : Server selection from the Pool.

In figure 1.4 it gives us an option to select server from pool . In our scenario its only one server.

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Figure 1.5 : Select server roles.

In windows server 2008 we have to select features separately. In 2012 the wizard itself will give us an option to install the feature for the selected roles.

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Figure 1.6 : Feature required for Active Directory Domain

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Figure 1.7 : Features.

Default Group policy Management is selected which is required for AD.

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Figure 1.8 : AD DS.

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Figure 1.9 : Confirmation.

In Figure 1.9 we can select Restart the destination server automatically if required. We will select the option.

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Figure 1.10 : Restart post installing AD DS roles.

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Figure 1.11 : Installation progress

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Figure 1.11 : AD DS role is installed.

Now that we have the role installed. The next step is to promote it as a Domain Controller.

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Figure 2.1 : Configuration required for Active Directory Domain Services at DC1.

In figure 2.1 in the dashboard when we select the AD DS roles in the right pane. It says Configuration required for Active Directory Domain Services at DC1. Select More as highlighted.

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Figure 2.2 : Promote this server to a domain….

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Figure 2.3 : Specify the preferred domain name.

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Figure 2.4 : Enter DSRM password and select functional level.

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Figure 2.5 : DNS Options.

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Figure 2.6 : NetBIOS Domain Name.

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Figure 2.7 : Database path Sysvol, Log Files and NTDS

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Figure 2.8 : Review Options.

In figure 2.8 you also have an option to download View Script.

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Figure 2.9 : Script.

In figure 2.9 we can also use similar script for installation.

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Figure 2.10 : Prerequisites check

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Figure 2.11 : Option to select Active Directory Domains Services.

Active Directory for Domain “MSEXCHANGETEAM.IN” is now ready.

Happy Learning

Sunder

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