How to promote Windows Server 2012 to a Domain Controller

Microsoft has done away with dcpromo when it comes to Windows Server 2012.

We’ve been so accustomed to using dcpromo that I actually struggled a bit to promote a 2012 server to a DC in one of my labs. This short video shows how to install the Active Directory Directory Services role on the server and that there is a small step you need to complete after the installation as just installing the role does not promote your server to DC status.

This small step cost me 5 minute of head scratching and going back to my training manual. Easy to forget and find but here’s a quick how to.

I’m not an AD expert but it’s good to practice this once in a while as you might get tasked to “quickly” set-up an environment for a client and practice makes perfect 🙂

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About Tiens van Zyl

I am a Microsoft Exchange Engineer for a local IT Outsource company assisting with 3rd line support to our Enterprise clients and Hosted Exchange Service. I'm a passionate gamer and also a very active musician. View all posts by Tiens van Zyl

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