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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Setting up a BT mail migration lab - Part 4 - E2E - ForestA DC

Time to create the first Domain Controller

It is imperative for the DC to have a fixed IP Address. 

PS C:\Users\Administrator> ipconfig
Windows IP Configuration
Ethernet adapter Ethernet 2:
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::f4af:e16a:1726:cd96%16
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
Ethernet adapter Ethernet:
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::e5e9:e67e:bc45:e58b%12
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
PS C:\Users\Administrator>

Start the DC Installation

Open Server Manager. Manage > Add Roles and Features.

click Next to continue.

 To install AD make sure the Role-based or feature-based installation is selected.

A feature of server 2012 is that you can add, manage and install roles on remote servers from a single management console.

On the Select servers roles page check the Active Directory Domain Services box, the click Add Features on the window that pops-up. Click Next.

No features are required now, just press next.

 An explanation page to read

Select automatic restart. Click Install.

Installation in progress

Go to Server Manager, There will be an exclamation mark at the top of the window. Click it, and the Promote this server to domain controller link appears. Start the server promotion.

Start server to domain promotion

Next the Active Directory Configuration Wizard will appear. This is the first domain controller for this domain so select the Add a new forest button, and in the Root domain name and then type the domain name for your environment.

Selecting the functional level for the domain is very important. Read this web page for more information: What is the Impact of Upgrading the Domain or Forest Functional Level?  Don't forget about: - What about that DC that you decommissioned but for which you failed to perform metadata cleanup?

As this is a new lab I do not need to migrate any 2003 or 2008 servers but you may have to.

Type the Directory Service Restore Mode password and click Next to continue.

A message will be displayed  “A delegation for this DNS server cannot be created because the authoritative parent zone cannot be found... No action is required is there are no DNS servers yet. Ignore the warning and continue.

The default NetBIOS name that the wizard provides should be correct, click Next.

Choose the log path for  the AD database. For best practices this should be on a separate hard drive but this is just a lab.

Next review all settings at the  Review page.

Wait for the server to verify all the prerequisites. When complete, click Install to start the server promotion.

The process will take a few minutes, and when done will automatically reboot. After the reboot you may have to change the password.

Log in and verify that everything is in order; Active Directory, DNS etc.

Select tools and Active Directory Users

The DC will be listed.

Snapshot Time!


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