Install 1st domain controller server 2012 R2

For the purpose of this tutorial we will be using Hyper-V but you can just as easily use VMware.  *Note* you should have basic familiarity with creating VM’s for this tutorial.

1. Create your new virtual machine using Hyper-V.

2. Once the new VM is installed, make all the necessary changes and updates for your environment:   Time zone, machine name (example dc01) run windows updates, etc.  Add Roles to VM to install Domain Controller.
3. From Server Manager – Go to Manage – Add Roles and Features.

4. Click next – next on role based – select your server and click next.
5. Select Active Directory Domain Services.

6. Click “Add Features” on the box that pops up.

7. Click next – click next on features page – click next on AD DS – click install on confirmation page.
8. Click Close after installation has succeeded.

9.  You will now notice a yellow triangle at the top right of the Server Manager

Click it to view the Post-deployment Configuration Options and click Promote this server to a domain controller.

10.  In deployment configuration – Choose Add a new forest if this is your first DC in a new domain and specify your root domain.


Click Next.

11.  Choose your Forest and Domain functional levels, Add DNS and choose your DSRM password.


Click Next.
12.  This is being done in a test environment so that’s why you see the DNS error.  Click next to continue.

13.  Verify or enter your NetBIOS domain name (in this example it was “steveshoemake”).  Click next.
14.  Verify your Paths for the AD DS database, log files, and SYSVOL – click next.
15.  Review your selections and then click next if they are correct for your environment.
16.  After the Prerequisite checks pass – click Install.  Wait for it to complete and reboot the server.
17.  Login to the new domain controller – open Active Directory Users and Computers and begin setting up your domain users etc.