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April 30, 2007 / Steve Rosa

Windows Server Codename “Longhorn” – Active Directory Installation (incl. DNS)

OK, so at this point my server SRO-LH-01 is configured as standalone server, with IP address 192.168.200.1.

We will now make this server a Domain Controller.

To do this, I will add the role “Active Directory Domain Services” and perform the promotion.

There are several ways to do this, I went through the Initial Configuration Wizard:

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and clicked on “Add roles”:

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Then, I selected the role in the list:

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The wizard shows some introduction:

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Just a confirmation:

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Installation is going on:

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Installation succeeded:

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So, now the binaries for Active Directory Domain Services have been copied to the server and we are in a good position to start the promotion of SRO-LH-01 to Domain Controller. Good ol’ dcpromo.exe command is still there:

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First, the tool will check for the presence of the ADDS binaries:

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This is the first page of the dc promo wizard. It allows to go into advanced mode from the GUI (instead of having to start dcpromo with the /adv parameters):

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My environment does not include DNS at this stage, so I asked the wizard to install DNS Server at the same time:

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Of course, I want to create a new domain in a new forest:

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My domain will be named sro-lh.local (I already have sro.local for another environment):

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At this point, we can choose the forest functional level:

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For my tests, I chose to go for the “Longhorn” forest functional level:

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This is the first DC in the forest. Therefore, it must be GC and cannot be a Read-Only DC (I will cover the RODC feature in a further post):

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We have now to specify the locations for the DB, Log Files and SYSVOL:

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Next step is to specify the DSRM admin password:

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As a last step, we can review the options and we can even export them to use as answer file for further (unattended) domain controller promotions: 

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The installation/configuration is going on (note the possibility to have the server automatically rebooted at the end of the process):

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The installation is finished:

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And we have to reboot the server:

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After the reboot, I logged on:

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I had a look at the computer properties:

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The AD Domains and Trusts MMC snap-in:

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A look at ADUC:

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A look at the DNS console:

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So far, so good ;).

The next post will be about the installation/configuration of DHCPv4. Stay tuned.

Steve

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