Install and configure active directory and a domain controller in windows server 2016

In this windows tutorial, we will discuss how to install and configure active directory and a domain controller in Windows Server 2016.

Active Directory is a database that keeps track of all the user accounts and passwords in your organization. It allows you to store your user accounts and passwords in one protected location, improving your organization’s security.

Now, we will see how to install active directory in window server 2016 and then we will see how to add a server to the domain controller in windows server 2016.

Install and configure Active Directory in Windows Server 2016

In windows server 2016, open server manager in windows server 2016. Then click on Add role and features which will open the wizard.

install and configure active directory domain controller
install and configure active directory domain controller

In the Add Roles and Feature Wizard, Click on Next.

how to setup active directory on windows server 2016
how to setup active directory on windows server 2016

In installation type page click on “Role-based or feature-based installation” which is by default. Then go for next.

promote server 2016 to domain controller
promote server 2016 to domain controller

Then select a server from the server pool which is by default. Then click on Next.

windows server 2016 domain controller setup
windows server 2016 domain controller setup

In select server roles page click on Active Directory Domain Service and Click on Next.

How to install an Active Directory Domain Controller
Windows Server 2016 How to install an Active Directory Domain Controller

In the Select Features dialog box, just click on Next.

install active directory windows server 2016
install active directory windows server 2016

In the Active Directory Domain Service page Click on Next.

how to setup active directory on windows server 2016
how to setup active directory on windows server 2016

In conformation installation selections click on restart the destination server automatically then click on next.

Here new pop of window will come to restart your machine so click on Install.

active directory domain controller
active directory domain controller

Here in the installation progress page we have to wait for some time until the installation is not completed.

active directory domain services windows server 2016
active directory domain services windows server 2016

Once the installation over, it might restart the server, else you can restart once.

Add Server to Domain Controller in Windows Server 2016

After active directory installation, now we will see how to add the server to domain controller in windows server 2016. Follow below steps.

Open server manager and then click on the warning message, then click on post-deployment configuration dialog box will come.

Here we have to click on Promote this server to a domain controller.

configure active directory domain services windows server 2016
configure active directory domain services windows server 2016

Now deployment configuration page will come. Here we have to click on the add a new forest and then we have to give root domain name then click on Next.

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configure active directory domain services windows server 2016 step by step tutorial

Here in the domain controller option page, we have to click on the domain name system (DNS) server which is by default.

Here we need to give a password and for conformation again we have to give the same password. Then click on next.

active directory domain controller sharepoint server 2016
active directory domain controller sharepoint server 2016

Leave the DNS options page and click on next now additional options page will come. By default, The NETBIOS domain name will get auto-populated based on the domain forest we have provided.

install active directory windows server 2016 pdf
install active directory windows server 2016 pdf

Here in paths page, Click on Next.

install active directory windows server 2016 tutorial
install active directory windows server 2016 tutorial

In review options page, click on Next.

Install and configure windows server 2016 active directory and domain controller
Install and configure windows server 2016 active directory and domain controller

In prerequisites, check page click on Install. Now the installation process will be completed and the system will automatically get restarted. Next time it will show the domain name like “TSINFO\Administrator”.

windows server 2016 Install and configure active directory and domain controller
windows server 2016 Install and configure active directory and domain controller

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Conclusion

In this windows tutorial, we learned, how to install and configure an active directory in windows server 2016, and also we have discussed how to add the server to a domain controller in windows server 2016.

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