This documents demonstrates the configuration of a Windows Server 2008 R2 AD Domain Controller. It assumes a plain vanilla Windows Server 2008 build which can be found here: Building Windows Server 2008 (Enterprise R2 64 bit).
To begin, click on Start and Run and enter the command: dcpromo
The AD installer begins installing files. This may take several minutes.
At the AD Domain Services Wizard screen press Next
At the Operating System Compatibility screen press Next
Assuming this is a new domain, select Create a New domain in a new forest.
Enter your fully-qualified domain name
At the “Set Forrest Functional Level” select the best choice for your environment. In this case, Windows Server 2008 R2. You may need to choose an older version if you have other domain controllers running an older OS.
Check DNS Server and press Next
If you receive the following warning just ignore for now and press Yes
Select the locations to store Database, Log Files and SYSVOL.
Set password for Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator.
Review Summary and press Next
Installation will now run for several minutes.
When installation is complete press Finish
Press Restart Now to reboot
After reboot, you should now see your new domain at the login prompt
To begin managing your new domain, click on Start->Administrative Tools and select from the following Active Directory Tools
Active Directory Administrative Center
Active Directory Domains and Trusts
Active Directory Users and Computers
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