Sunday, September 21, 2008

Active Directory Install - Server 2008

Here are my basic steps for an Active Directory Installation using Server 2008. This is of course after a clean install of Windows 2008 Server and running Windows updates. I also like to turn off IPv6 in the networking and create a changelog.txt file in the all users -> startup folder.

Step 1. Configure Network
--- Start configureNics.bat ---
REM *** Configure IP Address
netsh interface ip set address name="Local Area Connection" static 1

REM *** Configure DNS Server (Point to Domain Controller)
netsh interface ip set dns "Local Area Connection" static

REM *** Configure WINS Server
netsh interface ip set wins "Local Area Connection" static

--- end configureNics.bat ---

Step 2. Rename Server
I then rename the Server to the name of my DC, usually somthing like DC01 or IT-DC01 as I don't like to rename domain controllers after the domain has been created.
--- Start renamecomputer.bat ---
REM - Matt Brown 2008
REM ---------------------------------------------------
REM Rename Domain Controller
REM ---------------------------------------------------

ECHO Please set your new computer name:
SET /P newpcname=[New Computer Name]
ECHO Renaming computer from %computername% to %newpcname%
netdom.exe renamecomputer %computername% /newname:%newpcname% /FORCE /VERBOSE

--- END renamecomputer.bat ---

Step 3. Prep Domain Controller
--- START prepdc.bat ---
ECHO *** Install .NET Framework
ServerManagerCmd -i NET-Framework-Core

ECHO *** Install Local and Remote Administration Tools
ServerManagerCmd -i RSAT-ADDS
--- END prepdc.bat ---

Reboot Server

Step 4. Prep Domain Controller Part 2
--- START prepdc-part2.bat ---
ECHO *** Install Local and Remote Administration Tools
ServerManagerCmd -i RSAT-ADDC
ServerManagerCmd -i RSAT-ADLDS
ServerManagerCmd -i RSAT-DNS-Server
ServerManagerCmd -i RSAT-WINS
ServerManagerCmd -i GPMC
ServerManagerCmd -i PowerShell

ECHO *** Install DNS Role
ServerManagerCmd -i DNS

--- END prepdc-part2.bat ---

Step 5. Install DC
--- START InstallDC.bat (run from c:\)---
ECHO *** Install Active Directory Domain Services Role
ServerManagerCmd -i ADDS-Domain-Controller
DCPromo /Answer:"C:\ad_setup.txt"

--- END InstallDC.bat ---

--- START ad_setup.txt ---
; New forest promotion
; Set SafeModeAdminPassword to the correct value prior to using the unattend file
; Run-time flags (optional)
; RebootOnCompletion=Yes

--- END ad_setup.txt ---

Reboot Server, you now have a functioning Domain Controller.

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