Active Directory Domain Controller on Windows Server 2008 R2

Posted on 29. Mar, 2010 by in Server

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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

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The AD installer begins installing files. This may take several minutes.

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At the AD Domain Services Wizard screen press Next

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At the Operating System Compatibility screen press Next

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Assuming this is a new domain, select Create a New domain in a new forest.

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Enter your fully-qualified domain name

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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.

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Check DNS Server and press Next

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If you receive the following warning just ignore for now and press Yes

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Select the locations to store Database, Log Files and SYSVOL.

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Set password for Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator.

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Review Summary and press Next

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Installation will now run for several minutes.

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When installation is complete press Finish

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Press Restart Now to reboot

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After reboot, you should now see your new domain at the login prompt

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To begin managing your new domain, click on Start->Administrative Tools and select from the following Active Directory Tools

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Active Directory Administrative Center

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Active Directory Domains and Trusts

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Active Directory Users and Computers

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Sachin Shah

07. Jun, 2010

I had followed same steps but After rebooting, Its not coming up. What can be issue ?

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