Server 2008

How to install active directory? This tutorial will show you step by step how to install active directory using server 2008.

I will show you how to setup up Active Directory from Install to the point of creating a roaming profile.

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So lets begin on the server we need to install Active Directory Domain Services before anything else.

Click start
Click “server manager”
This will open window like below.

 

 

 

Scroll down to “add roles” on the right hand side and left click with your mouse. This will open a window like below. You can just click "Next" as this windows is of no importance to us.

 

 

You will now see open a window called “Select server roles” like in my screen print below. You need to place a tick in the box which says “Active Directory Domain Services” and click next

 

 

The next window to open will be an introduction to active directory simply click next

 

 

The next window you see will be just confirming you want to install “Active Directory Domain Services” so click “Install”.

 

 

The next window you see will be the installation window like my screen print below.

 

 

The next window we see is the "Installation Results" window if you look at it you will see "Installation Succeeded" you can click on the tab that says "Close"

 

Now that it is installed you need to launch "Active Directory installation wizard" you can do this by typing (dcpromo) in to a terminal.

 

After typing “dcpromo" you will see the below screen

You need to make sure there is a tick in the box which says  “use advanced mode” then click “next”

 

 

You will then see the following warning sign
Just click next once you have read it.

 

We are now given the choice on where to create the domain controller. The options are
Existing forest
1, Add a domain controller to an existing domain
2, Create a new domain in an existing forest (This will cause the domain controller to be the first domain controller in the new domain)
Alternatively
You can create a new domain in a new forest
For this tutorial we will “create a new domain in a new forest”  so place a mark in the appropriate box and click “Next”

 

 

When you click next you will see a new window open like below. Here you will be able to type in a domain name. Once you have put in your domain name click “next”

 

 

You will now see a small window open with the message “verifying netbios name”

 

 

Once that message has gone  you will get a new window like the one below. If you are happy with the netbios name simply click “next”

 

 

You will now see another window like below which is giving you the chance to select the forest functional level. You will see I have server 2003 highlighted on mine as I do not have any server below that i.e. (THE EARLIES SERVER I HAVE ON MY DOMAIN IS SERVER 2003) so there is not much point in my choosing server 2000. If you do have server 2000 then you must choose it. Once you have selected the earliest server functional level click “next”

 

 

You should now see the window below. You will notice that “DNS” has been automatically ticked so you only need to click “next” assuming you want DNS enabled which Im confident you will.

 

 

You will more than likely get a DNS error like in the screenprint below. Do not worry we simply have not got round to dealing with DNS yet we will shortly. So just click “yes”

 

You will now see the window below, here you are given the opportunity to say where you want the logs stored. If you are going to change them then do so now. We change them for security reasons, if you choose not to so be it that is your decision. Simply click “next”
Your window will change to the one below. You are given the chance to now put in your password. Choose a good one. When you have put your password in click next

 

 

You will now see the screen-print below Click next.

 

Your window will now change to the one below You can see the wizard now configuring active directory.

 

 

When it has been configured you will see the next window below just click "Finish"
(We could have just placed a tick in the window above which would have rebooted our server when it had finished. I chose not to do this so I could take you through all the steps. It would have made no difference to the outcome.

 

 

 

When you click finish you will get a little window like below telling you that you need to reboot your computer. You should do this as soon as possible.

 

 

Now you have rebooted your PC you have successfully installed Active Directory Domain services.
Next step will be to create a user account in active directory so to continue this tutorial.