Configure Active Directory Domain Service in Windows Server 2012 R2 for SharePoint 2016

This windows tutorial, we will discuss how to configure active directory domain service in windows server 2012 R2 machine. Till this step make sure, the installation is fully completed. After this, the server will work as a domain controller.

Configure Active Directory Domain Service in Windows Server 2012 R2

Below is the step by step guide to configure active directory domain service in windows server 2012 r2.

Open Server Manager in windows server 2012 r2 machine and click on Add roles and features as shown in the fig below:

windows server 2012 r2 active directory domain services

Then in the “Before You Begin” screen click on Next. Then in the Installation Type, select “Role-based or feature-based installation” like below:

windows server 2012 r2 active directory domain services configuration wizard

Then in the “Server Selection“, Select your server and click on Next.

windows server 2012 active directory domain services configuration wizard

Then in the “Server Roles“, select the checkbox “Active Directory Domain Services” as shown in the fig below:

windows server 2012 configure active directory

Then in the AD DS screen click on Next.

Then in the Confirmation step, Confirm and click on “Install“. You can also select “Restart the destination server automatically if required” checkbox as shown in the fig below:

install and configure active directory domain services in windows server 2012

The installation will proceed and once finish, Close the dialog box as shown in the fig below:

install and configure active directory domain services in windows server 2016

Once the installation is over, in the Server Manager, you can see an error that says “Post-deployment Configuration. Configuration required for Active Directory Domain Services at “ServerName”.

Promote this server to a domain controller.” as shown in the fig below and click on “Promote this server to a domain controller”.

This will open the “Active Directory Services Configuration Wizard”. In the Deployment Configuration choose “Add a new forest” as shown in the fig below, Give a root domain name.

configure active directory domain services windows server 2016 steps

Then in the Domain Controller Option, Select the checkbox “Domain Name System (DNS) server and give a password for “Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM)” as shown in the fig below:

configure active directory domain services windows server

In the DNS Options, if you are getting an error as “A delegation for this DNS server cannot be created because the authoritative parent zone cannot be found”, just ignore the warnings and click on Next as shown in the fig below:

configure active directory domain services

In the next screen, you can just view the NetBIOS name as shown in the fig below:

configure active directory domain services windows server 2016

Then in the Paths, leave as it is for the paths of the AD DS database log files and SYSVOL as shown in the fig below:

configure active directory domain services windows server 2012 r2

In the Review Options, review all the selection and click on Next.

configure active directory domain services windows server 2012

Then in the Prerequisites check, read the warning messages and then click on Install.

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Once the installation finished, it will restart the machine and the new login will appear, where you need to provide the domain username and password to login to the system.

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Bijay Kumar

I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SPGuides.com

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