Thomas Mullaly

DevOps, Security and IT Leadership

How to Create an Active Directory Server

Clone a new server

Create a clone from the Windows 2008 R2 Gold Master

Rename the Server

Call it AD Shutdown the server

Change the Network

While powered off, change the network settings

Change the Network to be Custom (VMnet7)

Power on the VM ##Change the Network Configuration Open up the Network and Sharing Center

Click on Local Area Network

Click on Properties

Choose IPv4 and Click Properties

Make the network config as follows: IP address: Subnet mask: Default gateway: DNS:

Click on OK

Install the Active Directory Role

Open the Server Manager

Click on Roles

Click on Add Roles


Select Active Directory Domain Services


Open Server Manager and Run the Active Directory Services Installation Wizard (dcpromo.exe)

Create a domain in a new forest


Functional Level: Windows Server 2008 R2

Make sure DNS sever is checked

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