Configuring Active Directory Domain Service (AD DS) in Windows Server 2012:
Windows Server 2012 introduces a new features with a key emphasis on Cloud integration. Windows continues to grow and mature as an operating system with the latest iteration being more secure, reliable and robust and more importantly making it easily interoperable with other systems.
Installing Windows Server 2012:
Select your Language and input options and then click on Next.
Select the operating system you want to install. I have selected Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Server with a GUI. The other option is server core which was first introduced in Windows 2008 and is a minimal install with no GUI but provides remote management through Windows PowerShell and other tools.
Accept the License terms
We are performing a new installation of Windows Server, so click on Custom.
Partition your drives and then click Next.
The Installation of Windows then proceeds.
The installation will eventually re-start your Windows Server where it will go through the final stages of preparing the environment for first time use.
You will eventually be prompted to enter a password for the built-in Administrator account.
You will now be presented with the new Windows Login Screen, which is a fair change to what we have been accustomed to with previous releases of Windows Server.
Press Ctrl – ALT – Delete to sign in, and enter your password.
You will be presented with the new Server Manager Screen which really simplifies the administration and configuration of your new server. Our main goal for this article is to configure Active Directory and its related services such as DNS.
First thing change the computer name. Windows goes ahead and provides a default unique name in the form of WIN-<random characters>
To do so, from the Server Manager > Dashboard screen, click on Local Server and then click on the computer name hyperlink.
This will take you to the all familiar System Properties
You will then be prompted to restart your computer to apply the changes. Click Ok and then Click on restart now.
After your computer has restarted, we will be presented with the Server Manager Screen. Now we are ready to configure this server as an Active Directory Controller.
Adding Active Directory Domain Services Role:
From the Dashboard click on “Add roles and features”. You will be presented with the “Before you begin screen. Click Next. In the “Installation Type” screen click on “Role-base or feature-based installation”.