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(Guide) Windows Server 2016 Active Directory Installation Guide


In last post we learn how to Install Windows 2016 on VMware workstation and ESXi Server. This guide is step by step guide which shows you how to install Windows 2016 Server Active Directory.
First Download Windows Server 2016 ISO file and prepare new Virtual Machine, to Install Windows Server 2016 follow this guide.

Follow below standard steps to Install Active Directory on Windows Server 2016
  1. Download Windows Server 2016 ISO
  2. Prepare Windows Server 2016 Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation or ESXi Server
  3. Install VMware Tools on Virtaul Machine.
  4. Assign Static IP Address to the Windows Server 2016 VM.
  5. Open Server Manager->Add Roles and Features 


Choose "Active Directory Domain Services" and This adds the different sub services, like AD DS and AD LDS Tools as shown below.


Click on Install to start the Installation.

Click on the Task details click the link Promote this server to a domain controller. 

This is my test environment and I do not have any forset. So I have selected third option "Add a new forest".

Now select the "Forest function and Domain function level" to “Windows server technical preview” and then select the domain controller capabilities like GC and DNS, then enter the DSRM password and click next to proceed.

Then it starts the installation process. It will reboot server automatically once setup completed. 

 Once server reboots, you can see AD DS is configured and functioning as shown below