How to Install Active Directory in Windows Server 2008


Please note that,

  • Static IP address is configured before AD installation in this guide
  • DNS server is installed with the AD


Open Server manager and select Roles

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Select Add Roles

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Tick Active Directory Domain Services and Press Add Required Features

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Read and Press Next

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Press Install to install .Net Framework

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Press Close after the “Installation succeeded”

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Go back to Server Manager and click Active Directory Server Manager to configure AD

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Click Run the Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard (dcpromo.exe)

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Installation wizard will start. Proceed with next

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Read the information and move on

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Choose Create a new domain in a new forest

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Provied the appropriate Domain name

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Choose oldest opeating system in your organization

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Forest Functional Level
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Domain Functional Level
Install DNS server if you dont have any. This will install DNS server on the same server where AD is installed

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Provide Restore Mode password

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Finish AD installation and restart

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Congratualtions !! AD is installed on Windows Server 2008

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