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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Over the years, Microsoft has developed great-solid OSes platforms for Enterprises such as Windows Server 2003 that had been used in lots of network environments all over the world. A few years ago, the great technology titan released Microsoft Windows Server 2008 that possesses a wide variety of features that former versions of the OS didn't have.

In this opportunity, Tips4Teks will show you How to setup a Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2008.

In the example given on the images, I'm using Windows Server 2008 Datacenter running on a VirtualBox virtual machine. Follow the steps below to complete the setup.

  • When you login to Windows Server 2008, you will get "Initial configuration Tools" Window. Click on Add roles

  • Click on Next

  • Select the role Active Directory Domain Services and click on next

  • Click on Next

  • Click on Next

  • Click on Close to close the wizard.

  • Click on Start - Run - and type dcpromo as seen on the image below and hit enter.

  • Click on Next

  • Click on Next

  • Choose the option Create a new domain in a new forest if you haven't created any forest before or don't want to add the domain to any existing forest.

  • Here, choose what's going to be your domain name.

  • This step is very important because if you choose a high functional level, then any domains part of the forest will have to on that level or higher.

  • This step is also very important because if you choose a high functional level, then any domain controllers part of the domain will have to on that level or higher. In this example, I've chosen Windows Server 2003

  • Click on Next

  •  You need a DNS server in order to setup your domain. In this example, Tips4Teks has decided to use the same server as a DNS server and also domain controller. To setup the DNS server, is highly recommended that you use static IP address for your DNS server.

  • The following steps show you how to setup the static IP address.

  • Notice that we have made an ipconfig on the server and then assigned the same IP that DHCP had assigned as static IP address but you could assign a different one if required.

  • Click on Next

  • Click on Next

  • Put in a highly secured password and then Click on Next

  • Click on Finish and restart your server.

  • Once you restarted, log onto the server and Open Active Directory Users and Computers as shown in the image below.

Here we have our domain setup!

Any questions or comments are happily accepted.


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  2. A domain name is a way to identify and locate computers and resources connected to the Internet. No two organizations can have the same domain name.

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