In our earlier article we have finished all necessary pre-quest. In this article we would configure ADS. ADS configuration wizard can be invoked by thee ways.
- By running DCPROMO.EXE command
- From Configure your server
- Manage your server
No matter which options you choose all three will launch same ADS configuration wizard. I will show all methods
Configure your server / Manage your server
To launch manage your server wizard click on start button and select manage your server option
To launch configure your server wizard click on start button and select configure your server wizard from administrator tools.
Now click on Add remove a role
Now server will check the pre-quest which we have completed in our last article. Wizard would show error message if any of pre-quest is not properly configured.
Wizard will show a list of all tasks which can be configured. Select Domain Controller (Active Directory)
It will show summary for ADS configuration wizard after checking all necessary services.
Click on next to launch ADS configuration wizard
Same wizard can be Launch directly by running DCPROMO.EXE command in run menu
On welcome screen click on next
This screen show that win95 or earlier version of win NT4.0 cannot be the clients of Server 2003 Click on Next
This is the first domain controller in our domain so select Domain controller for a new domain and click on next
This is the first domain in first forest so select domain in new forest and click on next
Give the full FQDN name of server, we are using example.com for practice you can choose your own
Wizard will automatically generate NetBIOS name of server don't change it.
ADS is installed in NTDS folder, don't change its default location.
Sysvols is a publically shared folder. It would be automatically share on all clients.
DNS is required by ADS for proper functioning Select second options install and configure DNS on this computer
If you have any pre windows 2000 client in network then select
Permission compatible with pre windows 2000 server operating systems
If you don't have any pre windows 2000 server operating systems then select
Permissions compatible only with Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 operating systems for greater security features
Now set directory services restore mode passwords. This is used when you restore directory or remove ADS.
Click on next after review the summary of your selection if need change of any option go back and change.
Now wizard will configure all the options you have selected
If you are running this wizard first time then it need to copy some files form Server 2003 CD, Insert Server 2003 CD when it is asked
We will configure DNS server separately after ADS so skip it here to save time
Click on finish to complete the installation
System reboot is required in order to take place the installation of ADS
After reboot server is a domain controller. In our next article we will learn how to verify that ADS is configured properly.