I’m finally getting around to playing with Windows Server 2012. A friend of mine updated a domain using Server 2012 and PowerShell ISE. I thought that was very cool to see. So I spun up a Windows Server 2012 instance and decided to install Domain Services. Of course, the GUI is the biggest change which actually makes want to use PowerShell more often.
Server Manager took on a new look. To start the AD installation you clock on the top right on Manage and click on Add Roles and Features.
In the Selection installation type window select Role-based or feature-based installation. We’re adding the Active Directory to this single server.
In the Select destination server I will select the server I am on right now. It’s the only one on my list, named LAB-DC-01.
Next we select the Active Directory Domain Services role to LAB-DC-01.
By selecting Active Directory Domain Services it will automatically add some features.
Look over the features being installed and click on Next.
Some information about Active Directory Domain Services and click Next.
Finally, we confirm the roles and features being installed. There is also the option to Restart the destination server automatically if required.
The installation will proceed and the server will restart if you enabled the option.
After installation, there is a post-deployment configuration task – Promote the server to a domain controller.
We need now need to run dcpromo.exe from the run prompt or from command line. This is the first window you see after running that command. I’m adding a new forest and the root domain I want to configure.
Next I will set the forest functional level to Windows Server 2012 R2 and the domain functional level to Windows Server 2012 R2. This new domain controller will run DNS and I must type in the Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) password. Keep this password in a safe place as it is used to perform restores of Active Directory.
In the next window, there is no authoritative parent zone for the domain I am creating. We can click Next.
By default, the NetBIOS name for my domain was RCDLABS. In this window I shortened it to RCD. Click Next.
Next we specify the location of the AD DS database, log files, and SYSVOL. You can keep the default options. In this window I am moving them to C:ADDS.
Review your options and click Next to continue. Additionally, you can view the script that is used to automate this installation. In the future you can use that script to automate another Domain Controller installation.
Server 2012 will go through a prerequisites check. View the results and make modifications as necessary. Then click Install.
After a reboot you can see on Server Manager that my server, LAB-DC-01, is now part of rcdlabs.net domain.
At the top right of Server Manager click on Tools and you’ll see all the added Active Directory tools used to manage your newly created domain.
What are your thoughts on Server 2012?