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.
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.
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.
Add required features and skip the feature selection dialog.
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.
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.
Skip the DNS Options and use the specified NetBIOS domain name.
Use the specified locations for AD DS database, log files and SYSVOL. Click next to review your options.
Click install and wait until you are required to reboot your server.
Active Directory Configuration
All required administrative and service accounts are described in the next part.