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In this section we will install Active Directory on our server. We will then promote the server to be a domain controller. After we have our domain controller we will add a windows 8 computer to the domain. Follow along with the screenshots. If there are any questions leave comments below.

From the Server Manager select Manage and Add Roles and Features.

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At this point we should have the features and roles added to the server. However now we need to promote the server into the role of being a Domain Controller.

 

Promote the Server as the DC

In Server Manager select AD DS option. You will have a warning that additional configuration is required. Select More.

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From here you want to select the option to Promote This Server.

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Select Add a new forest and enter the domain name in the field.

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This alert is common. It is basically saying that it cannot find a DNS server on the network. It’s sort of a “well duh” moment because we are creating the first DNS server. If however you were installing Active Directory on a second DC and this message came up, then you would need to do some troubleshooting.

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You can now pull up Active Directory and verify that it is installed. The first thing I do is create some Organizational Unites (OU’s) to organize my servers, computers, and users.

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Create a Domain Admin

In the new OU for users, create a Domain Admin that you will use to add all the computers to your domain. Create a normal new user and then add them to the Domain Admins group on the “Member of” tab.

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Add Another Server or Computer to the Domain

Since I am doing this as a lab experiment I’m not having the DC act as the DHCP server. I also have not set my router to forward DNS to the DC. What this means is, that I have to manually add the DC’s IP address as the DNS server for any computer I want to add to the domain. Skip that step if you don’t need to do the same.

Log into your Windows 8 professional computer.

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Under System from control panel select Advance System Settings.

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Use the Domain Admin that we created to authorize the computer to be added to the domain.

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After this you should get a welcome message that your system has been added to the domain. You will need to reboot the system. After this you can logon with you domain credentials. In future posts I will explore proper user account setups and how to handle local administrator accounts.

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