Configure Domain Controller in Windows Server 2016

The process to configure Domain Controller in Windows Server 2016 is almost similar to configuring the domain controller in windows Server 2012. However, there are slight changes in the steps that we used to install and configure Active Directory Domain Service (AD DS) on a Windows server.

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In the previous posts, we have discussed how to install Windows Server 2016 and what is new in Windows Server 2016. If you missed those posts, we highly recommend you to visit them before to proceed to this post. In this post, we will discuss how to install Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) on a windows Server 2016 and how to configure Domain Controller in Windows Server 2016.

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Let’s begin to configure Domain Controller in Windows Server 2016. There are two major tasks to promote Windows Server 2016 as a Domain controller:

  • Install the Active Directory Domain Services role.
  • Promote Windows Server 2016 to Domain Controller.

Installing the Active Directory Domain Services role

  1. First of all, we will rename the default computer name into a name that is human-readable. To do so, open the System Properties (sysdm.cpl) window of your system and set the desired the computer name.Install ADDS in Windows Server 2016
  2. Once, you change your computer name you have to restart your system. Once the system is rebooted, sign in to the system with the Administrator account. After some time, the Server Manager console will be displayed.
  3. Now, we need to configure TCP/IP settings before to install and configure Domain Controller on a Windows server.
  4. To do so, open the Run dialog box, type ncpa.cpl, and then press Enter. Select and right-click the active network adapter, and then select Properties.
  5. On the properties dialog box, set the following TCP/IP settings on your server:
  • IP address: 10.0.0.100.
  • Subnet mask: 255.0.0.0.
  • Default gateway: 10.0.0.1.
  • Preferred DNS server: 10.0.0.100.Configure TCP/IP in windows server 2016

Promote your Windows Server 2016 as a Domain Controller

To promote your server as a domain controller, you need to perform the following steps:

  1. On the Server Manager console, click the Add roles and features
  2. On the Before you begin page, click Next.
  3. Click Next until you see the Select server roles On this page, select the Active Directory Domain Services check box as shown in the following figure.Install Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2016
  4. Accept the default selections through the rest of the wizard and complete the installation process.
  5. Click Close, once the installation process completes on DC1. Now, you have successfully installed the Active Directory Domain Services on your server. The next task is to configure your server as Domain Controller. To do so, continue to the next steps.
  6. On the Server Manager console, click the Notifications icon.
  7. Click the Promote this server to a domain controller link, as shown in the following figure.Configure Windows Server 2016 to Domain Controller
  8. On the Deployment Configuration page, select the Add a new forest radio button. In the Root domain name text box, type a domain name such as mcsalab.local, as shown in the following figure, and then click Next.add a new forest in Windows Server 2016
  9. On the Domain Controller Options page, make sure that the Domain Name System (DNS) server check box is selected, as shown in the following figure. In the Password and Confirm password text boxes, type a DSRM password, and then click Next.DSRM password
  10. On the DNS Options page, click Next.
  11. On the Additional Options page, click Next.
  12. On the Paths page, as shown in the following figure, review the default location for the AD DS database file, and then click Next.Configure Domain Controller in Windows Server 2016
  13. On the Review Options page, click Next.
  14. On the Prerequisites Check page, as shown in the following figure, review the prerequisites, and then click Install.Install Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2016
  15. After some time, the system will restart automatically, sign in to DC1 with the MCSALAB\Administrator.

That’s all you need to do to install and configure Domain Controller in Windows Server 2016. In the upcoming posts, we will explain how to configure roles and features on Windows Server 2016. Stay connected with us for upcoming posts. Hope, you have loved it and will show your love by sharing the article with your friends.

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