Install and Configure Active Directory Domain Controller

About this post

In this post we will cover the installation of necessary roles for Active Directory and Creating New domain.

Infrastructure Details

  • Windows server OS: Windows server 2016
  • Static IPV4 assigned and IPV6 disabled
  • If VM necessary tools for hypervisor is installed.
  • Domain Name: ( will be used while creating domain)

Enabling Role

Login to server – Open Server manager – Add roles and features (select)

Select Next



Select Active Directory Domain Services

Select Add features ( this will add necessary features for Active Directory Domain Services)

Review – next



Click Install to install the roles

Once installation is finished – Click on Promote this server as domain controller

Creating New Domain

Select Add a New Forest ( this will create new domain) – Provide domain name

Leave Defaults and Provide Password for DSRM ( this will be used while doing a recovery of domain)


Review Netbios Name and Next ( some cases Netbios Name can be different, Give the Name here)

Review the paths ( if you would like to change the directory select there like D: or E:, But dont change path) – Next



Once Installation is finished, server will automatically restart.

Domain will be created as shown below. the admin tools can be accessible from control panel- admin tools or from server manager – tools

This Post is very basic, will do advanced once’s in another posts.

hope this is useful.


Siva Sankar

Siva Sankar works as Solution Architect in Abu Dhabi with primary focus on SDDC, Automation,Network Virtualization, Digital Workspace, VDI, HCI and Virtualization products from VMWare, Citrix and Microsoft.

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