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Step-by-Step Guide Setting Up Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller

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In Windows Server 2012, dcpromo has been deprecated.

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In order to make the windows server 2012 domain controller we will install ADDS (Active Directory Domain Services) role from the server manager on Windows Server 2012.

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INSTALLING AD DS ROLE

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On Installation Type page, select the first option “Role-based or Feature-based Installation“.

Scenario-based Installation option applied only to Remote Desktop services.

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On the “Server Selection” Page, select a server from the server pool and click next.

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To install AD DS, select Active Directory Domain Services in turn it will pop-up to add other AD DS related tools. Click on Add Features.

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After clicking “Add Features” above, you will be able to click “Next >” as shown in the screen below.

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On the “Select Features” Page, Group Policy Management featureautomatically installed during the promotion. Click next.

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On the “Active Directory Domain Services” page, it gives basic information about AD DS. Click Next.

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On the “Confirmation” Page, You need to confirm this to continue with this configuration. It will provide you an option to export the configuration settings and  also if you want the server to be restarted automatically as required.

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After clicking “Install” the selected role binaries will be installed on the server.

After “Active Directory Domain Services” role binaries have been installed and now it is time to promote the server to a Domain Controller.

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Technet Article:

PROMOTING WINDOWS 2012 SERVER TO DOMAIN CONTROLLER

Select add a new forest.

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Specify the FFL, DFL, whether or not it should be a DNS Server and also the DSRM administrator password.

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DNS delegation warning.

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Checks if the NetBIOS name already assigned.

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Specify the location of the AD related folders and then click next.

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Summary Of All Installation Options/Selections.

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Click View script for single command  line powershell script for dcpromo.

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Before the actual install of AD, all prerequisites are checked. If All prerequisite checks are passed successfully then click Install.

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When you click Install, DNS and the GPMC are installed automatically.

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After the promotion of the server to a DC finished server restart automatically.

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