How to Install Active Directory on Windows Server 2008

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Active Directory is essential to any Microsoft network built on the client-server network model–it allows you to have a central sever called a Domain Controller (DC) that does authentication for your entire network. Instead of people logging on to the local machines they authenticate against your DC. Let’s take a look at how to install Microsoft’s Active Directory.

Before going into the topic let’s learn something about the Latest Release of Windows Server 2016

Requirements:

Minimum: Single processor with 1.4 GHz (x64 processor) or 1.3GHz (Dual Core)

Minimum: 512 MB RAM

Minimum: 32 GB or greater

Let’s begin Step by Step Guide to Setup Active Directory on Windows Server 2008

First step is to install the Active directory roles. Unlikely the older version of windows servers Microsoft highly recommend to use server manager option to install roles before you run dcpromo.

Click on start menu and select the Server Manager

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In Server Manager and click on roles, this will bring up the Roles Summary on the right hand side where you can click on the Add Roles link.

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This will bring up the Add Roles Wizard where you can click on next to see a list of available Roles. Select Active Directory Domain Services from the list, you will be told that you need to add some features, click on the Add Required Features button and click next to move on.

 

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Review the confirmation and click on “Next”

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Review the installation confirmation and click on “Next”

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It will take few minutes to complete and when it’s done you will get this confirmation. And then click on “Close”

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After that you will need to do a reboot.

After reboot please open up the “server Manager” again. And then click on “Roles” there you will see the “Active Directory Domain Services” is successfully installed in there.

Click on it then you will get a window like below

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In their pay attention to the message

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So please click on that link and it will start the DCPROMO wizard.

Next go through the DC promo wizard.

To start the installation click on “Next”

 

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The message that is shown now relates to older clients that do not support the new cryptographic algorithms supported by Server 2008 R2, these are used by default in Server 2008 R2, click next to move on.

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Since we going to install New domain Controller in new forest please select the option “Create a new domain in new forest” option and click on “Next”

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Now we have to provide the name for our domain controller. It must be FQDN. In our case I used DoubtsClear.com as the domain. Please click “Next” after it.

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In this window it will ask to select forest function level.

  • If you are going to add server 2003 domain controller to your forest later don’t select the function level as server 2008.
  • If you are going to use full features of 2008 AD you must select forest function level as server 2008. In my case I used server 2008.

Click on “Next” after the select.

 

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We want to include DNS in our installation as this will allow us to have an AD Integrated DNS Zone, when you click next you will be prompted with a message just click yes to continue.

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If the wizard cannot create a delegation for the DNS server, it displays a message to indicate that you can create the delegation manually. To continue, click “Yes”

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In next window it will show up the database location. it’s going to be bigger AD its good if you can keep NTDS database in different partition. Click on “Next” after changes.

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Choose a Strong Active Directory Restore Mode Password and click next twice to kick off the configuration.

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Next window is giving you a brief of the installation. Click on “Next”

Then it will start the installation of the AD. It will take some time to complete. After complete of the installation perform a server reboot.

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When it’s done you will be notified and required to reboot your PC.

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After the reboot now you can login to the domain. Please use the login as following example

User name: Your Domain\Administrator

Password:

Now it’s done and you can view the active directory options on administrative tools menu

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