How to Install Active Directory in Windows Server 2016



Active Directory (AD) is a directory service that Microsoft developed for Windows domain networks. It is included in most Windows Server operating systems as a set of processes and services. A server running Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is called a domain controller. It authenticates and authorizes all users and computers in a Windows domain type network. -Wiki

In this scenario

  • Static IP address should be given (
  • DNS is also installed along with AD DS


Firstly, you have to install Windows Server 2016.

Log in

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Open Server Manager

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Add roles and Features

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Click Next to continue

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Select Installation type (in this scenario role based is used)

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DNS and AD DS server roles are selected (if you want, DNS can be installed separately)

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Default Features were kept as it is

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Installation progress

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Close to finish installation

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Promote the Server to a domain controller

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Add a New Forest and provide the root domain name

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Choose the Desired forest and domain functional level and provide the DSRM password (Do not tick RODC in DC capabilities)

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Keep the default

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Default NetBIOS domain name is kept

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keep the default database locations

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Review Options

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After installation, restart the system

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Login as the domain administrator

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Check installed AD DS

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Check installed DNS

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