Installing Windows Server 2019 Active Directory Step by Step

This article is the first part of a series of articles on “How to deploy Windows 10 Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit”.

Active Directory is considered as one of the most critical workload in a network. It is responsible for authentication, authorization, auditing, policies, security etc. It’s a central repository of Objects as such as identity and other objects within a network. As and when a new server application is deployed within a Microsoft network such as Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, System Center, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, etc. the AD DS schema is extended to accompany server objects.

Lets see how to install AD DS on Windows Server 2019 which is the latest Microsoft Windows Server Operating System

Click on the Windows Server 2019 Server Manager  and click Add roles and features

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On the before you begin page, click next

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On the select installation type window, select Role-based or feature based installation and click next

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On the server selection window, select the local server and click next

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On the server roles window, select the Active Directory Domain Services Role; and you will be prompted to ad the relevant supporting features

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Click Add Features and Click next

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Click Next

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Review the AD DS page, if you have to synch with Azure AD, you can configure here. If not click Next

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Review Confirmation and Click yes to automatically restart and click Install

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Review the results and click the link to promote it as a domain controller

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Provide the root domain name in the new forest and click next

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Select the forest functional level, DNS if its not installed before and the DSRM password and click next

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Click OK for the DNS option and click next

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NetBios name populates automatically and click next

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Review the paths and click next

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Review options and click next

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Pre-requisites will be checked. review and click install

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Upon successful installation you will see the installed roles in the Server Manager

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Windows Server 2019–Windows Admin Center

Windows Server 2019 is Microsoft newly released Server operating system. The OS has several new features and one of the add-ons that is introduced to the OS is the Windows Admin Center.

Windows Admin Center is locally deployed, browser based management tool of your local servers as well as remote servers which can be connected. Why is this important? In the past we had several different MMC snap ins to manage different administrative and management tasks. Now, with the Windows Admin Center you have everything in one central webpage that can be connected from anywhere and manage your servers.

How do we get it? it’s a separate download that has to be installed on the server. After you deploy Windows Server 2019 and open the server manager, an alert will be prompted on the new Windows Admin Center. Click on the clink and it will take you to the download page

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Click on get it here

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Execute the downloaded file and click I Accept and click next

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Click on the recommended option and click next

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Enable check box and click next

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Type in the port number (if you are not sure leave the default) and if you have a SSL certificate you can provide that too. Click install

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Installation will progress and upon completion will prompt you the finish screen with the link to access the Windows Admin Center

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Note that the Admin Center will only work on Modern browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Chrome, etc. the local sever will be automatically added to the Windows Admin Center and you can add any other remote servers through the add button

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Click add and you will be able to see other options to add servers

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When you have added the necessary servers and click on the server name you can see all the management tasks that could be performed through the Windows Admin Center

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