How to – Add a Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

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By | 22 May 2017

Hello !

A quick post, to explain how to add a Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain step-by-step !

We consider:

  1. You have one domain controller with AD, DHCP and DNS services.
  2. Your new server is already member of your domain

Add a Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

Install new role !

  • Go to “Manage“, “Add roles and Features

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

  • Select your installation type, in our case: “Role-based or feature-based installation

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

  • Select destination server

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

  • Choose the Active Directory Domain Services role…

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

  • …And click “Add features” Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain
  • In the “Features“, leave default choices

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

  • This is the new screen ! Here Microsoft reminder the best practices to ensure that users can still log on to the network and advise to have 2 domain controllers and a DNS server. Below you can see a mention to Azure Active Directory ; this is the new service provide by Microsoft, to ensure identity, access management and SSO trought the cloud.

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

  • You can check “Restart the destination server automatically if required“, and it’s required!

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

  • Install in progress …

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

Promote your server !

Now, you do “Promote this server to a domain controller” !

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

You need to choose : “Add a domain controller to an existing domain” and select the domain

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

  • Specify domain controller capabilities and site information if you have different sites.

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

  • If you have check the box “DNS Server” you need ton configure “DNS Options“. If a warning message appear, click OK and next

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

  • Leave by default

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

  • I advise to keep theses default settings

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

  • Click next

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

  • This is a summary of the promotion domain controller

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

  • The last prerequisites check… Click “Install

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

Your server restart automatically ! and will be a new domain controller! 🙂

Windows Server 2016 ADDS Active Directory Domain Services in an existing domain

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Hi ! I’m Maxime. Founder and independant author of vDays.net. I have worked in service IT since 3 years ago, after a 5 years’ internship. Via this blog, I would like share and discuss with you on new technologies, especially on virtualization and VMware.

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