Configure Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012

install active directory windows server 2012 r2 step by step

Scenario:
In any version of SharePoint, we need to import user profiles from Active Directory (AD). The base of AD is ADDS (Active Directory Domain Services).In this article I am presenting a step by step approach to configure ADDS. In order to configure we need to configure DNS first. Please refer to configuring DNS step by step.


Follow the below steps to configure ADDS.
1. Log on to server and open Server manager
2. Click on Manage and click on Add Role and Feature.

configure active directory
configure active directory

Then click on Next -> Next and in the Server Roles, check “Active Directory Domain Services” check box like below and in the Add Roles and Features Wizard, click on Add Features like below:

configure active directory windows server 2012
configure active directory windows server 2012

Then in the Active Directory Domain Services wizard click on Next.


how to setup active directory on windows server 2012 r2
how to setup active directory on windows server 2012 r2

Then in the Confirm installation selection wizard dialog, check the check box, Restart the destination server automatically if required like below:

active directory domain services configuration wizard 2012
active directory domain services configuration wizard 2012

Then click on Promote this server to a domain controller like below:

active directory windows server 2012 r2
active directory windows server 2012 r2

The choose Add a new forest, give a root domain name like below:

install active directory windows server 2012 r2 step by step
install active directory windows server 2012 r2 step by step

Then in the Domain controller options give a password like below:

active directory domain services configuration wizard 2012 steps
active directory domain services configuration wizard 2012 steps

Then in the Additiona Options give the NetBIOS domain name as something like below:



how to open active directory domain services configuration wizard 2012
how to open active directory domain services configuration wizard 2012

Then int the path let it take the default paths like below:

active directory windows server 2012 tutorial
active directory windows server 2012 tutorial

Then it will display the details like below:

active directory domain services
active directory domain services

Then in the Prerequisites check dialog box click Next.

active directory domain services configuration wizard
active directory domain services configuration wizard

Then from the home page click on Tools -> Active Directory Users and Computers

how to start active directory domain services configuration wizard
how to start active directory domain services configuration wizard

Then you can see the newly created AD Domain Controller with default users and permission settings like below:

active directory domain services configuration wizard 2012 tutorial
active directory domain services configuration wizard 2012 tutorial

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About Krishna Vandanapu

I am Krishna.Vandanapu a SharePoint architect working in IT from last 12 years, I worked in SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and Office 365. I have extensive hands on experience in customizing SharePoint sites from end to end. Expertise in SharePoint migration tools like Sharegate, Doc Ave and Metalogix. Migrated SharePoint sites from SharePoint 2007 to 2010 and 2010 to 2013 several times seamlessly. Implementing CSOM with Microsoft best practices. Spent quality time in configuring SharePoint application services like User Profile, Search, Managed Meta data services etc. Now exploring SharePoint Framework and SharePoint 2019

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