Active Directory Domain Service Setup in Windows Server 2012

In this article, we will go through steps for Setting up Active Directory Domain Service  in Windows Server 2012 R2. Before beginning, I would like to mention few things about what’s new in Active Directory  of Windows Server 2012 R2 🙂  Active Directory, as you know is a crucial service in Windows world. Secure and manageable infrastructure is what everyone is looking for. In my personal view, the key benefit of using Active Directory  are twofold. First, security can be integrated with AD service through the authentication process. Typically we say logon process and second, is manageability feature,  granting access to the different resources in the network through policy-based administration. Through the latest OS release, new features have been introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. One of among is Workplace Join. Concept is like, each employees can access the company secured-resources through registered devices only. For this, a device ( it can be your PC or an iOS device ) need to be registered through Device Registration Service. So access will be granted from Known device with Single Sign On functionality. I will be posting an article on this later. So please keep visiting TechDire 🙂

Lets focus on the AD installation here. We will walk through the installation steps with the help of screenshots.

First, login in to your Windows Server 2012 R2  machine through Remote Desktop Service. Open Server Manager  and select the “Local Server”  tab shown at the left side of the panel. Click on Manage and select “Add roles and Features”. For reference, please see the below image.

Install Step 1 :


Now select “Role based or feature-based installation”  type as shown in below image.

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Now we will be selecting our Destination Server in order to install the AD role like as shown below.

Install Step 3 :


Now select “Active Directory Domain Service”  role. You will be getting a pop up screen which mentioning a message to install the dependent role services like as shown in below image.

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On next screen, you will be asked to install the dependent features for the AD installation and click next.

Install Step 5 :


Page showing information of Active Directory  will be displayed on next screen.

Install Step 6 :


Now we are ready to install the Active Directory Domain Service  role. Click “Install”  to proceed with.

Install Step 7 :


While Active Directory   is being installed, we can see the progress bar of the installation task like as shown below.

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During the installation process, we can close the window and later can see the task details by clicking notification  icon in Server Manager  to see the installation progress.

Install Step 9 :


As you see, Active Directory  has been installed successfully.

Install Step 10 :


Now its time to promote the server to a Domain Controller. From notification bar, click “Promote this server to a domain controller”  like as shown below.

Install Step11 :


Here we are setting up a new Windows domain environment. So will be selecting “Add a new forest”  option with desired root domain name. I used mine “”. You can change it accordingly with your desired domain name.

Install Step 12 :


Select the forest and domain function level to “Windows Server 2012 R2”. Also provide a password for Directory Service Restore Mode  for repairing and recovering Active Directory  database.

Install Step 13 :


DNS delegation  warning will be displayed. Click “OK”  to proceed with.

Install Step 14 :


Provide a NETBIOS  domain name. I used “techdire”  here like as shown in below image.

Install Step 15 :


Now we will have the option to choose the location of Active Directory database, Log files and SYSVOL. Use the default location and click “Next”.

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Review the options. We are ready to configure this server as Domain Controller in new forest.

Note : We can see corresponding PowerShell script to perform the Active Directory Domain Service Deployment by clicking “View Script”. This script can be useful in case if we want to automate the task.

Install Step 17 :


We will be seeing all prerequisite checks have been passed message. Click “Next”   to begin the installation.

Install Step 18 :


The installation shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. The server will be rebooted automatically once the installation process is complete and you can login to your Domain controller  with user name $NETBIOSNAME\Administrator ( replace NETBIOS  name with your desired name )

Now you have the Domain Controller  ready to configure Windows Domain Network. Its time to explore the new Active Directory Domain Service. Yes, build your Secure and Manageable infrastructure powered by Windows Server 2012 R2 !

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