Install Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2

The step by step guide to Install Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2. Installation and configuration of AD DS in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 is bit different from earlier Windows Servers. Dcpromo.exe command has been removed and added some new features like metro, dashboard, and server manager with new style, but the core configuration and Installation is the same.

How to Install Active Directory?

So let’s start to install Active Directory rule and promote the server to Domain Controller.

1. Click the Server Manager to open it.

Install Active Directory
Server Manager

2. Here you see the Server manager dashboard. Now go to Manage tab and click Add Roles and Features.

Add Roles and Features Wizard
Add Roles and Features Wizard

3. Just click Next in Add Roles and Features Wizard page.

Active Directory Installation Type
Active Directory Installation Type

4. Let the default Role based or feature base installation has selected and click Next.

Active Directory Destination Server
Active Directory Destination Server

5. In the Select destination server page, select the server you want to install AD and click Next.

Active Directory Server Roles
Active Directory Server Roles

6. Now select the Active Directory Domain Services from Roles list in order to install it. When prompt to add the required features for Active Directory Domain Services within a new window, click Add Features.

Active Directory Domain Services
Active Directory Domain Services

7. Now the Active Directory Domain Services has been selected and ready to install. Just click Next.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Features
Windows Server 2012 R2 Features

8. Leave the Windows Features page by default and click Next.

AD DS Information
AD DS Information

9. Now, you may need to read some information about Active Director domain service. In this page read once and click Next.

Confirm Installation of AD DS
Confirm Installation of AD DS

10. In the Confirm Installation selections page click Install to begin installation of AD DS.

Active Directory Installation Progress
Active Directory Installation Progress

Be patient, the installation process will take a few minutes to complete.

#2. Promote Server to Domain Controller

1. When the AD DS installation has complete. click the Promote this server to a domain controller.

Promote this server to a domain controller
Promote this server to a domain controller

2. The Active directory Deployment Configuration page will open.

Active Directory Deployment Configuration
Active Directory Deployment Configuration

3. In this window select add a new forest and type your domain name in the Root domain name field then click Next. I have chose the domain name Technig.local.

Domain Controller Options
Domain Controller Options

4. Leave the Domain Controller Options by default, just type and password for Directory services restore mode (DRSM) password and click Next.

DNS Options
DNS Options

5. Ignore the delegation for DNS server warning and click Next.

Additional Options
Additional Options

6. On the Additional Options, system will create a NetBIOS name according to your domain name. In this window do nothing and click Next.

Active Directory Installation Paths
Active Directory Installation Paths

7. You can change the default directories for Database folder, Log files, and SYSVOL folder, but in test lab leave it by default and click Next.

Active Directory Review Options
Active Directory Review Options

8. Finally on the Review Options page once check and review all option to insure and click Next.

Prerequisites Check
Prerequisites Check

9. Once the system has checked prerequisites features for Active Directory, click Install and ignore the DNS delegation warning again.

System will restart automatically when the installation has complete successfully.

Installed Server Roles
Installed Server Roles

You will see the installed roles from Tools tab of Server Manager dashboard.

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That’s all. Ask your question if you have any problem.

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3 Comments
  1. HuSsain Danesh says

    Great article!

  2. IsmAil FarHang says

    well done dear sir this article also can be informative to each in every thing so great.

  3. Install And Configure Print Server On Windows Server 2012 R2

    Manager console. You must installed some roles on your server. In my testing lab, I have installed Active Directory, DHCP Server, and DNS

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