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How to Install Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2?

This chapter explains about how to install Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2. You can be worked with the previous version run DCPROMO.EXE to install it but it is not required to use this version in the 2012 version.
Following steps are useful to continue with Installation:
Step 1 − Go to “Server Manager” → Manage → Add Roles and Feature.
Step 2 − Click the Next button.
Step 3 − Select “Role-based or featurebased Installation” → Next to install AAD on this machine.
Step 4 − Click on “Select a server from the server pool”, to install it locally.
Step 5 − Check mark in the box next to Active Directory Domain Services. You will find a box which explains about additional roles services or features required to install domain services.
Step 6 − Click Add Features.
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Step 7 − Check “Group Policy Management” → Next.
Step 8 − Click the “Next” button.
Step 9 − Click “Install”.
Let’s see the installation Screen and wait until installation bar completes.
Now that the installation of DC role is finished, you have to configure it for you server.
Step 10 − Click “Server Manager” → Open the Notifications Pane by selecting the Notifications icon from the top of the Server Manager. From the notification regarding configuring AD DS (Active Directory Domain Services), click Promote this server to a domain controller.
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Step 11 − Click “Add a new forest” → Insert your root domain name into the Root domain name field. In my case, I have put “”.
Step 12 – Now select a Domain and Forest functional level. Now fill in a DSRM password in the provided password fields. The DSRM password is used when booting the Domain Controller into recovery mode.
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Step 13 − You will find a warning message on the DNS Options tab, click OK and then select Next.
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Step 14 − Enter NETBIOS name and click “Next”.
Step 15 − Select location of the SYSVOL, Log files and Database folders and then click Next.
Step 16 − Click “Install” and wait until it is finished. The server will restart several times.
The installation is now complete.

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