- ESXi Project Introduction
- ESXi Host Configuration Through vSphere
- ESXi Server 2012 Installation
- Windows Server 2012 Core to GUI
- Remote Access Server 2012
- Create a Domain in Microsoft Server 2012
- Powershell Bulk User Import in Server 2012
- Server 2012 Enable Remote Desktop (RDP) through Group Policy (GPO)
- Create Local Administrator Account through Group Policy (GPO)
- Create Local Administrator Security Group with GPO
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.
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.
From here you want to select the option to Promote This Server.
Select Add a new forest and enter the domain name in the field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Under System from control panel select Advance System Settings.
Use the Domain Admin that we created to authorize the computer to be added to the domain.
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.