Windows 2003 R2 Active Directory service
One of most successful Microsoft product is Active Directory service, centralize management for users and computer, manage users and computer in an OU (organization Units) and create /apply group policy for each group.
Create forest, domain, child domain …etc, mange site, replication, policy…Etc
AD first release was with window 2000 Server,
Screenshot and steps below illustrates step-by-step AD service installation, and basic configuration.
Requirement: properly installed windows 2003 R2 (preferable fresh installation)
1-assign static IP address, subnet mask and gateway (Note: DNS IP is the same server IP)
2- Click Start — > Run and type “dcpromo”
3- Active Directory Installation windows will open, please follow screen instructions
4- Since this is your first domain controller, choose “Domain Controller for a new domain”
5- Choose “Domain in a new forest”
6- Type the full DNS name for the new domain and it will ask for NetBIOS name and for folder to store Active directory Database and Log.
7- Next step you will install DNS server, (you can use existed one if it is already installed)
8- That is it. Installation completed and you must restart the server in order to change take effect.