Friday, January 30, 2015

Installing Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2012

Before installing Active Directory Domain Services ( AD DS ), there are some prerequisites to be done. they are, 
  • Configuring OS System Settings
  • Configuring the Network Settings. 

Configuring OS System Settings:
1.      Install Windows Server 2012 (any Windows server except Web). 
2.      When the installation is complete, leave the installation disc in the drive, you will need it to complete the
       installation of Active Directory Server.
3.      Set the computer name and DNS suffix. 
4.      Open the System Properties dialog, and select Advanced system settings. 
5.      On the System Properties dialog, select the Computer Name tab and click Change.

6.      On the Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog, complete the following fields:
  • Computer name: Enter the name you wish to designated for your computer. Make a record of this name.
  • Member of: Select the Workgroup option, then enter a unique workgroup name. Make a record of this name.
7.      Click More.
8.      On the DNS Suffix and NetBIOS Computer Name dialog , complete the following fields:
  • Primary DNS suffix of this computer: Enter the DNS suffix of your computer. Make a record of this suffix. 
  • Change Primary DNS Suffix when domain membership changes: If this option is selected, deselect it

9.      Click OK to close the dialog.
10.      On the Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog, click OK.
11.      On the restart request dialog, click Restart Later.


Configuring the Network Settings:

1.      Open the Network and Sharing Center dialog. 

2.    Select the Network Connection to edit (if you have more than one ipconfig result, make sure to select the correct connection).  
3.   On the Ethernet Status dialog of your selected network, click Properties .

4.      On the Ethernet Properties dialog, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/Iv4).  

5.      Set the IP address to an unused, static IP address. Set the preferred DNS server to your computer's IP address.
6.     Click Advanced.
7.     On the Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog, select the DNS tab and complete the following tasks: 
  • Enable the Append primary and connection specific DNS suffixes option.
  • Enable the Append parent suffixes of the primary DNS suffix option.

8.      Click OK to close the Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog.
9.      Click OK to close the Ethernet Properties dialog.
10.      Close the Network Connections dialog.
11.      Restart the machine.

Configure Active Directory Domain Services

1. Open Server Manager Dashboard and click on Add roles and features

2.  On the Add Roles and Features Wizard, read the Before you begin information and click  Next.

3.   On the Select Installation Type step, select the Role-based or feature-based installation option
      and click Next.

4. On the Select Destination Server step, enable the Select a server from the server pool option,
    select your server, and click Next.

5. On the Select Server Roles step, select the Active Directory Domain Services option and click 

6. On the Add Roles and Features Wizard notice, click Add Features to install roles, services, and
     features that are needed by Active Directory Domain Services.

7. On the Select Features step, enable the .NET Framework 3.5 Features option (if it is not already enabled).
    Active Directory 2012 requires .NET Framework 3.5 be installed. Click Next.

8.  On the Active Directory Domain Services step, click Next.

9.  On the Confirm Installation Selections step, review you selections, and click Install

10. Wait for successful completion of the installation. Do not close the wizard. On successful
      completion, click the Promote this server to a domain controller link in the wizard. This will open
     Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard

11. On the Deployment Configuration screen of the Active Directory Domain Services Configuration
       Wizard, select the Add a new forest option and specify the Root domain name. Click Next.

12. On the Domain Controller Options step, complete the following tasks:
  • For Forest functional level, select Windows Server 2012.
  • For Domain functional level, select Windows Server 2012.
  • For Specify domain controller capabilities, enable the Domain Name System (DNS) Server option.
  • Provide a DSRM password.
  • Click Next.
    If you have a DHCP based adapter, it will assign static IP addresses to all physical adapters to
    continue with the installation. After the installation completes you can change any DHCP adapter

13. On the DNS Options step, a warning message will be displayed if the DNS zone you are
       creating does not have an authoritative parent zone. Click Next.
       On the DNS Options notice, click OK.

14. Verify the NetBIOS name on the Additional Options step.

15. On the Paths step, accept the defaults and click Next.

16. On the Review Options step, complete the following tasks:
  • Review your settings.
  • Export your setting to script.
  • Click Next.

17. Make sure all prerequisite checks pass successfully and review the results. On successful
      completion of the prerequisite checks, click Install.
      On the Prerequisites Check success notice, click OK.

18. After the system has completed installation, then reboot the system.


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