How to install Active Directory on Windows Server 2012

This contains step by step installation of Active Directory on Windows Server 2012.

Lab setup: Install the windows server 2012 r2 on physical or virtual box

Installation of active directory domain services on windows server 2012 R2:

1. Open Server Manager console by clicking on Server Manager console, which is located left side Taskbar as shown below.

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2. Click on Roles and Features by going Manage or Dashboard from Server Manager console.

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3. Click on Next.
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4. Select Role-based or feature-based installation(default) and click next.

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5. Select Server or Virtual hard disk on which we want to install the roles and features.

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6. Select roles want to install on current server.

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7. Here, we are not installing any features click Next twice to start the actual installation of Active Directory Domain Services. Review Roles(features) and click Install to start the installation.

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8. After successful installation, click on Promote this server to a domain controller.

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9. Select Add a new forest and provide the Name for Root domain.

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10. Select the Forest and Domain function levels. Provide password.

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11. Verify the NetBIOS domain name.

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12. Provide the paths for database NTDS and SYSVOL.

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13. Review options and run Prerequisites check.

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14. After installation, reboot the server. Then, goto tools on server manager console to check the Active Directory Domain Services installed or not.

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