How To Setup Active Directory on Windows Server 2016 | Best and cheap windows server 2016 hosting. How to setup Active Directory in Windows Server 2016 as a new domain controller. Here we are going to tackle the first part of setting up a domain;

Windows Server 2016 How to Configure AD DS (Domain Controller)

Steps to setup Active Directory

  • From the Server Manager Dashboard, click on Add roles and features.


Select Role-based or feature-based installation and click Next


Select the server by highlighting the row and select Next.


Select Active Directory Domain Services and then select Next.


Click Add Features.


  • You shouldn’t have to select anything at the Select features, so just select Next.
  • Click Next in the AD DS section.
  • On the confirmation window, review everything and then click Install.
  • The installation will begin.
  • When the installation is complete, you need to now promote the server to a domain controller.
  • Click Promote this server to a domain controller (small hyperlink in the results window)
  • Or, if you are like me and you clicked Close, click on the yellow exclamation mark in the upper-right section of the Server Manager Dashboard.
  • Select Add a new forest, type in a domain name that you want to use (pro-tip: use something like <something>.internal), then click Next.
  • Type in a password you want to use for DSRM, then click Next.
  • Click Next on the NDS Options page.
  • Click Next in the Additional Options page.
  • Click Next on the Paths sections.
  • Click Next on the Review Options screen, then click Install on the Prerequisites Check page.
  • The installation (promotion process) will begin. The server will reboot during this process.
  • When the installation is complete, log back in (this time you will be logging into the server with domain credentials).
  • Let’s verify Active Directory is setup and our server is classified as a DC (domain controller).
  • From within Server Manager, click Tools then Active Directory Users and Computers.
  • Expand the domain root (in my case, it’s TESTDOMAIN.internal), then click on Domain Controllers.
  • You should see your new server being displayed.
  • One las thing I want to do at this point is enable RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol).
  • From Server Manager Dashboard, click Local Server then click Disabled next to Remote Desktop.
  • Select Allow remote connections to this computer
  • Uncheck the option Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication, then click OK.

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We are done with the basic Active Directory setup!

Next up: Configuring Active Directory OU (Organizational Unit) structure.