Active Directory Domain Services

In this blog, we will discuss about Active Directory Domain Services in Windows server 2012.

active Directory Domain services

What is Active Directory Domain Services?

Active Directory is a centralized database of Users and Groups, Computers, Resources, and Services. In other words, Active Directory is a centralized collection of objects like Users, Groups. Computers and Resources.

Active Directory is also known as Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Server 2008 and Later Version. AD DS provides Centralized Services on Microsoft Networks.

What is Active Directory Benefits

The Active Directory benefits are followings:-

Hierarchical Organisational Structure

Active Directory divided into Hierarchical structures such as Forest, Tree Domain and OU, etc. In a Hierarchical structure, you can easily access your find your resources easily.

Forest is the largest container of objects and that contains Tree, Domain, and OU. In a hierarchical structure, you can provide multiple rights and permission to any object.

Multi-Master Authentications and Multimaster Replication

Active Directory or Active Directory Domain Services provide Multi-master authentications- means you can access your server or resources from multipoint of Administrations.

Multimaster Replication means you can access and modify your AD DS from multiple points of Administrations. If you have changed or updated on your first server it will be automatically replicated on another server in the network.

Multi-Master Authentications and Multimaster Replication are too useful for any user because a single node of failure users can log in and access his computer or resources without failure.

A single Point of access to Network Resources

Active Directory provides a single point of access to network resources you do not need to find out like where is DNS Server, DHCP Server, DNS Server. You just log in on the AD DS server and get information about all the servers and resources.

Ability to create Trust Relationship with External Networks

From Active Directory, you can create a trust relationship with external Networks like Linux, Unix, and previous version of Active Directory.

There are six types of Trust

  • Parent-Child Trust– Transitive Trust and Two way.
  • Shortcut Trust– Non-Transitive Trust and one way.
  • Tree Root Trust– Transitive Trust and Two way.
  • External Trust– Non-Transitive Trust and one way.
  • Cross Forest Trust- Transitive Trust and Two way.
  • Realm Trust– Non-Transitive Trust and one way.

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How to install Active Directory Domain Services in server 2012

You need to follow below steps for install Active Directory Domain Services in server 2012.

  1. Click on Server Manager.
server manager

2. Next, Click on Add roles and features-

Server Manager Dashboard

3. Click on Next(Before you begin).

Add role features

4. Select a server from the server pool.

Click on Next.

Destination server

5. Select Role-based or future based installation.

Click on Next,

Role based features installations

6. Select “Active Directory Domain Services”.

Click on Next.

Add roles Of active directory

7. Select features that are required for active Directory Domain Services-

Click on Add features.

Add roles and features for install active directory

8. Now you can see that installing process.

Installing services

9. Open Dash Manager and Click on AD DS.

Ad roles

10. Click on Manage, then click on Promote this server to a domain controller.

Add roles

11. For new Domain, select add a new forest.

domain name

12. Select forest functional level, If in your network have, server 2008 server then select windows server 2008.

type DSRM password (Directory service restore mode)

and Click on Next.

Domain forest name

13. it will automatically show Netbios name,

Click on Next.

Domain name options

15. The AD DS default database folder c:\windows\NTDS

Log Files Folder- c:\windows\NTDS


SYSVOL Folder – c:\windows\SYSVOL

path of domain

16. Next Screen,

You can review your domain Informations such as-

Domain Name, NetBios Name, Forest Functional Level, Domain functional Level, Global catalog, DNS Server, Create DNS Delegation etc.

Domain configurations

17. Check your prerequisites check,

Then click on Install,

Prequisition check

18. Finish.

It will taken some times then after install active Directory Domain services.

Thanks For reading this blogs, Have a Nice day.

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