Monday , June 26 2017

How to Promote Windows Server 2012 as a Domain Controller

No more DCPromo, Just add roles and you can promote as a DC

Updated Jan 2017 – Article Supports Windows Server 2016

Using Powershell

Rename Computer –

Rename-Computer -NewName AD001 -Restart

Rename Domain Name as per your requirements in below commands-

Add-WindowsFeature AD-Domain-Services -IncludeManagementTools
Install-ADDSForest -DomainName "Cloudid.com" -InstallDNS

Active Directory Domain is ready.

Using GUI –

Lets See how to do it

Open Server Manager

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Choose Add Roles and Features

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Choose Role-Bases or Feature-Based installation

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Make Sure it reflects the right Ip address . If it doesn’t Close Server manager and Reopen it

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Choose Active Directory Domain Services

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Choose Next

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Choose Install

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Choose Close

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Now Roles are Added but , Its not a Domain Controller Yet

Click on More or the Flag

 

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Choose Promote this Server to a Domain Controller

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Am Building a new forest

Choosing _ Add a New forest

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It does have Function level of Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012

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you can Skip it.

If you are Curious See –

What is DNS Delegation

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Choose the NetBios Name

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Leave it as default

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If you are planning to promote more Domain Controllers , You can Use a Script like below

Which will give us more ease of deployment

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Now to Access your Active Directory Services. use the Windows Start Button to access the features

 

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Pin the important ones to start menu. So that it will be easily accessible for you

About Satheshwaran Manoharan

Satheshwaran Manoharan is an Microsoft Exchange Server MVP , Publisher of CareExchange.in Supporting/Deploying/Designing Microsoft Exchange for some years. Extensive experience on Microsoft Technologies.

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3 comments

  1. Thanks Sathesh and appreciate your time and effort for sharing

  2. You are a great Techie… your post are really helpful and time saving…
    I got admired your SQL Always ON post.. that was wonderful..

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