Installing Active Directory on Windows Server 2008 R2

How to install Active Directory Services

  1. Be sure you are logged in with local administrator privileges.
  2. Run DCPromo.exe.
  3. Check Use advanced mode installation.
  4. Select Create a new domain in a new forest.
  5. Enter your fully qualified domain. (Example. Wagner.local).
  6. Enter your Domain NetBIOS name. (Example: WAGNER).
  7. Select your desired Forest functional level. (Example: Windows Server 2008 R2).
  8. Make sure DNS Server is checked.
    1. For the “This computer has a dynamically assigned IP address“, click Yes since this is a stand-alone development machine.
    2. For the “A delegation for this DNS server cannot be created…“, click Yes.
  9. Click Next on the Location for Database, Log Files, and SYSVOL dialog.
  10. Enter an Administrator password on the Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator Password dialog.
  11. On the Summary screen, click Next to start installation wizard.
  12. When the Completing the Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard screen appears, click Finish.
  13. Restart your computer.
  14. Looking at the Roles in Server Manager console you will see the Active Directory Domain Services and DNS Server are now checked and installed.
  15. Note: You may see some warnings in the Server Manager. These are likely not a problem.


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