Windows Server Codename “Longhorn” – Active Directory Installation (incl. DNS)
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:
and clicked on “Add roles”:
Then, I selected the role in the list:
The wizard shows some introduction:
Just a confirmation:
Installation is going on:
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:
First, the tool will check for the presence of the ADDS binaries:
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):
My environment does not include DNS at this stage, so I asked the wizard to install DNS Server at the same time:
Of course, I want to create a new domain in a new forest:
My domain will be named sro-lh.local (I already have sro.local for another environment):
At this point, we can choose the forest functional level:
For my tests, I chose to go for the “Longhorn” forest functional level:
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):
We have now to specify the locations for the DB, Log Files and SYSVOL:
Next step is to specify the DSRM admin password:
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:
The installation/configuration is going on (note the possibility to have the server automatically rebooted at the end of the process):
The installation is finished:
And we have to reboot the server:
After the reboot, I logged on:
I had a look at the computer properties:
The AD Domains and Trusts MMC snap-in:
A look at ADUC:
A look at the DNS console:
So far, so good😉.
The next post will be about the installation/configuration of DHCPv4. Stay tuned.