Installing SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 - Part 2: Active Directory Installation and Configuration


This guide shows you how to install and configure Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Domain Services. This isn’t necessary but if you are going to deploy a development environment I suggest to create a closed environment.

This way you have everything on your own so you don’t depend on something or someone.

Development Environment:

This step usually applies to developers creating an isolated dev environment independent of your companies infrastructure. You are independent, can go where you want without a connection to your company and you can make changes as you want.

Active Directory Installation

Open Server Manager and click ‘Manage’ on the top right corner to add Roles and Features.

Select the role-based or feature-based installation.

Click manage in Server Manager to add roles and features. Use the role-based or feature-based installation option.

Select the server you want to use as a Domain Controller.

Click to add ‘Active Directory Domain Services’. You don’t have to check ‘Domain Name System (DNS) server’ right now since it’s also promoted later.

Select a server you want to promote as a Domain Controller. Add Active Directory Domain Services.

Add required features and skip the feature selection dialog.

Add required features. There are no other features you need.

Click install and wait until the installation finished. Don’t close the dialog.

A link will be displayed to promote the server to a domain controller. Click the link.

Start the installation process. Start the promotion process by clicking the link.

Select to create a new forest and enter a root domain name.

Make sure ‘Domain Name System (DNS) server’ is checked and enter a restore password.

Create a new forst with a root domain name. Specify a restore password.

Skip the DNS Options and use the specified NetBIOS domain name.

Skip the DNS delegation screen. Reuse the given NetBIOS domain name.

Use the specified locations for AD DS database, log files and SYSVOL. Click next to review your options.

Use the given locations and paths. Promote the server as a domain controller.

Click install and wait until you are required to reboot your server.

Wait until the installation has finished. Reboot the server.

Active Directory Configuration

All required administrative and service accounts are described in the next part.

Next Step

Step 3: Administrative and Service Accounts

Next Steps