Windows Active Directory Step by Step Installation Guide

Last Update: June 13, 2024 Post Views: 115

Windows Active Directory (AD) is a service developed by Microsoft for Windows domain networks. It is included in most Windows Server operating systems as a set of processes and services. Initially, Active Directory was used only for centralized domain management. However, Active Directory eventually became an umbrella title for a broad range of directory-based identity-related services.

Directory services have become more critical to managing IT infrastructure as networking resources have grown. Microsoft Windows Active Directory is one of the most well-known directory services, and ADDS has established itself as a standard tool among network administrators. Here we will demonstrate how to set up Active Directory on Windows Server 2016 step-by-step. The same steps can be followed for installing Microsoft active directory on Windows 2019 and 2022 server's.

Requirement to install AD​

  • There must be enough space on the NTFS partition
  • An Administrator’s username and password
  • the correct version of the operating system
  • A network interface controller (NIC)
  • An IP address, subnet mask, and - if desired - a default gateway configured adequately.
  • An Internet connection 
  • Name of the domain you wish to use
  • The Windows 2016 Server CD media.

Here is how you can create and configure user profiles for Windows Server 2016 by using Active Directory Domain Services.

Give a name like 'dc' and click on OK

Select "use the following IP address" and "use the following DNS" and Give IP Address and DNS

Log on to Windows Server machine.

Navigate into Server Manager.

Click Manage -> Add roles and features.

Click on Next

Select the type of installation - Role-based or feature-based - then click Next.

Select the Server as below

Click on Active Directory Domain Services

Click on Next

Click on Next

Select restart and click on Install

Click on Close

Click on promote this server to a domain controller

Click on Add a new forest and give Root domain name (example

Type in DSRM password

Click on Next

Give NetBIOS Name and Click on Next

Click on next

Click on next

Click on Install

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