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.
In the Add Roles and Feature Wizard, Click on Next.
In installation type page click on “Role-based or feature-based installation” which is by default. Then go for next.
Then select a server from the server pool which is by default. Then click on Next.
In select server roles page click on Active Directory Domain Service and Click on Next.
In the Select Features dialog box, just click on Next.
In the Active Directory Domain Service page Click on Next.
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.
Here in the installation progress page we have to wait for some time until the installation is not completed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here in paths page, Click on Next.
In review options page, click on Next.
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”.
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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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