How to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain Controller (Step By Step guide)



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Today we are going to perform a clean install of Windows Server 2012 R2 . We are goin to create Active Directory Forest and promote my first Domain Controller in the forest.

Requirements for installing 2012 R2 AD DS:

1. Install Windows Server 2012 R2
2. Configure appropriate TCP/IP and DNS server addresses, name of the server and time zones.
3. Add Domain Name System (DNS) role
3. Double check that there are no errors in the Prerequisites Check when promoting your Domain Controller Support NLB Solutions – https://www.patreon.com/NLBSolutions

36 thoughts on “How to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain Controller (Step By Step guide)

  1. I followed the steps but when I clicked the install for the domain it restarted and now I have to do the whole windows 2012 r2 installation again I do not know why this happened

  2. Hi,
    I've created a windows 10 64-bit machine with a windows server 2012 installation via ISO. It uses a bridged adapter and the same wireless network adapter as in my PC.
    I've been asked by my teacher to set up the network in the manager so that a static IP adress is used, but the PC wouldn't connect to the internet when I do this (manager->ethernet->properties). I checked with the router that it's not a currently used address on my home network.
    If I choose an automatic fix in the troubleshooter (right click on the message field icon), it just picks DHCP again which isn't what I want.
    I tried doing what you do using ipconfig to pick the address, and the exclamation icon on the network app disappeared after a while, it says I have internet access, but in internet explorer it says I can't open a search page (google for example), then says it can't display the site.
    It took a while for the internet access to become fixed so maybe I just need to wait for a while?

    VirtualBox version: 6.1 (latest)
    Host OS: Windows 10 Home

  3. Thank you Sr u really appreciate, I am finding some issues to enter in other user what will be the name and password should I put expecting your answer thanks for advance.

  4. To install Nvidia drivers, Open the driver installer, after extracting, close it, then go to device manager(right-click start button), click the display adapters, then microsoft basic adapter, then right-click, then update driver software, then select browse on my computer manually, and select the NVIDIA folder on the drive, then it installs.
    Hope this helps.

  5. i have a question, on a enterprise environment wherein there are firewalls enabled software. Are there required ports for domain controller to be open? what are this required ports?

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