There isn’t a better way to have control over things than setting up your own Active Directory domain, there are tons of capabilities you’ll be able to implement after having your AD setup and we will show you how to get it done in a few clicks, for this tutorial, we’ll be using Windows Server 2012 R2,

First of all, we need to install the Active Directory Domains services installed, in order to get this done we have to open Server Manager, click on Manage and then Add Roles and Features.

The Add Roles and Features Wizard will pop up, we’ll go through like this:

Before You Begin: Next>

Installation Type: Role-based or feature-based installation -> Next>

Server Selection: Select a server from the server pool -> Next>


Server Roles: Active Directory Domain Services -> Next>

Once checked Active Directory Domain Services a window will pop up showing you the requirements needed for AD DS installation, also make sure to check the DNS server option, click on Add Features.

Features: Next>

All features have been already selected

DNS Server: Next>

AD DS: Next>

Confirmation: Install>

Make sure to check the Restart the destination server automatically if required.

Results: Close>

At this point, the AD DS has been successfully installed, Wohoooh!, let continue with its configuration,

Under Server Manager you will find a new section called AD DS, you will find an exclamation sign regarding the need for a configuration, click on More, a new window will pop up where we will be proceeding with the Post-deployment configuration by promoting the server to a domain, click on the “promote this server to a domain controller”.


The Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard will pop up, here is where we’ll configure a new forest, for this example, I am using the Root domain name: jortech.local, click Next> to continue.

On Domain Controller Options you’ll need to set a Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) password, all other options will remain as default, click Next> to continue.

DNS options will remain as default click Next> to continue.

The NetBIOS domain name: Change if you wish, I recommend you to leave the default selection, click Next> to continue.

Paths: You can change the  AD DS location for a database, log files and SYSVOL, then click Next> to continue.

On Review Options, you will have a summary of your AD DS configuration, click Next> to continue.

We’ll run into a Prerequisites Check, once everything has passed the test we can proceed with the installation.

Don’t Panic! your server will restart in order to apply the AD DS configuration

You can now lloginwith your credential on your server that is currently part of the AD domain.


You can go now and start creating users and start adding computers into this newly created domain, example jortech.local


Here is an example of joining a server into the domain jortech.local



Do not forget to add the AD Server’s IP into your machine DNS configuration, without this one the server won’t be able to connect to the AD,

Hope you enjoy it,


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