Install ADDS on Windows Server 2016 using Server Manager

Introduction

In this article I will install ADDS on Windows Server 2016. According to Microsoft, ADDS, or Active Directory Domain Services, provides the methods for storing directory data and making this data available to network users and administrators.

Read more about ADDS here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/identity/ad-ds/get-started/virtual-dc/active-directory-domain-services-overview.

 

Prerequisites

Before installing, there are a few prerequisites that our server must meet:

  1. Rename your server.
  2. Set a static IP address.
  3. Have a DNS server installed on your network (or, while setting up your AD Forest, the setup wizard will ask you to add the role to the same server where you are installing ADDS – and that’s exactly how I’m going to do it here.)

 

Install ADDS (Active Directory Domain Services)

Assuming that you have all set-up and ready let’s open “Server Manager”. Click on Start and then “Server Manager”, as shown below:

Install ADDS

 

Click on “Add roles and features”.

Install ADDS

 

Press “Next”

Install Active Directory Domain Services

 

Select “Role-based or feature-based installation” and press “Next”

Install Active Directory Domain Services

 

Leave the selection as default and press “Next”

Install Active Directory Domain Services

 

Check “Active Directory Domain Services”. The wizard will let you know that some additional features are required for Active Directory. Check the “Include management tools (if applicable)” checkbox and press ” Add Features”. Press “Next”.

Install Active Directory Domain Services

 

At the next screen press “Next”.

Install Active Directory Domain Services

 

Press “Next”.

Install Active Directory Domain Services

 

Finally, press “Install”.

Install Active Directory Domain Services

 

Promote to Domain Controller

Wait for the installation to finish. Now it’s time to promote the server to a Domain Controller and setup our AD forest. From “Server Manager” select “Promote this server to a domain controller”.

Install Active Directory Domain Services

 

Choose “Add a new forest” and choose your “Root domain name”.

Install Active Directory Domain Services

 

Select your Forest functional level (FFL) and the Domain functional level (DFL). Read more about FFL and DFL here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/identity/ad-ds/windows-server-2016-functional-levels.

Set the “Direstory Services Restore Mode” password and press “Next”.

Install Active Directory Domain Services

 

Press “Next”. You can safely ignore the DNS server message.

Install Active Directory Domain Services

 

Choose the Netbios Domain Name and press “Next”.

Install Active Directory Domain Services

 

Press “Next” at the following screen.

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Review your options and press “Next”.

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The warning messages can be safely ignored. Press “Install”.

Install Active Directory Domain Services

 

Verifying

After the installation completed, you can now logon as the Domain Admin of the newly created AD Forest.

Install Active Directory Domain Services

And, as you can see, we have a few newly installed consoles:

Install Active Directory Domain Services

 

This could also be accomplished using Powershell. For a guide on that please read:

https://www.experiencingit.net/powershell/deploy-adds-windows-server-powershell/

 

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