Installing Active Directory on Windows Server 8 Beta

After installing Windows server 8 in my lab environment, I wanted to check on whether there are any changes to the Active Directory implementation comparatively to its previous versions.

I tried running DCPROMO and boom got the following message

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It says the ADDS installation wizard is relocated in the server manager.

After I got the above message I opened up the server manager, The loading of the server manager was different and it looked nice

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There you go, a look at the new server manager in Windows Server 8

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After clicking the Add roles and features, the before you begin screen prompted, click next

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Since I do not have a group of servers and only one server, I went with option 1 and clicked next

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Next was to select the server and click next

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Select the role of ADDS and click next

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Click next

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Introduction to ADDS, click next

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View the confirmation and click on install

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Installation begins

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Installation completed, but configuration required by clicking on the hyperlink or

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click the notification

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Since this is my test lab and the first domain of a new forest I selected “Add a new forest” option and typed the domain name, click next

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Select the forest and domain functional role (note the default role selected), give the DSRM password, select the DNS option and since this is my first DC it automatically becomes a GC

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An error, because the authoritative DNS for my domain cannot be found, but this can be fixed after the DNS is installed for my domain which will be done during this installation

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NetBIOS name is being resolved

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The default installation paths

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Review your selection (note that you have an option to view the powershell script)

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The prerequisite check is being done and successful

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Installation begins and proceeds

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Installation is done and server restarts

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Windows restarts and logs on to the domain

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Active Directory users and Computers snap in

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The DNS management console

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