Cloud Lab-1 : How to install AD/DNS Server for Cloud (Part 1)

Cloud-LAB-1 (Part-1) Tasks

In this Lab Part-1, we will perform following tasks

  1. Create a vm for active directory
  2. OS Perquisites configuration for AD/DNS Server
  3. Install active directory and DNS Role
  4. Verify AD Working

1-Create a VM for Active Directory

Use the following specs to create a VM for active directory and install OS.

  •  Right Click on Server and Choose New Virtual Machine
  •  Enter VM Name (Cloud-AD) and Inventory Location
  •  Select Datastore
  • Select Virtual Machine Version: select latest available
  • Select “Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)” as OS Version
  • # of Virtual Processors: 1
  •  Amount of RAM: 4GB
  •  Network
  • # of NICs: 1
  • Adapter Type: VMXNET 3
  • Select “Connect at Power On
  • SCSI Controller: LSI Logic SAS
  • Create New Virtual Disk: 40GB
  • Use thin provision
  • Install OS.

2-OS Perquisites configuration for AD/DNS Server

Following are the perquisite which we have to configure

  1. Set system name (cloud-ad)
  2. Configure an IP address (192.168.150.1)
  3. Enable remote desktop
  4. Verify time and time zone settings
  5. Disable Windows Firewall

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3-Install active directory and DNS Role

After completing the perquisite. Let start installing active directory and DNS Role
Open cmd prompt and run following cmd “dcpromo”

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Wait for AD wizard to launch

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After wizard launched, click “Next”

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Read the OS compatibility info -> click “Next”

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This is our first Active directory server. So choose the 2nd option as highlighted. Click “Next”

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Enter the Domain name. Click “Next”

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If you have multiple AD’s in your environment with different operation system. Then choose forest functional level according to your minimum OS level. In my lab I have only one AD and it is on 2008 R2. I choose the highest to get all features of latest forest level -> click “Next”

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Leave DNS Server checkbox checked to install DNS role as well with active directory-> click “Next”

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Choose “Yes”

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Leave all as default -> click “Next”

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Enter active directory restore mode administrator password as “P@ssw0rd” or whatever you like. Click “Next”

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Review the configuration summary-> Click “Next”

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Active directory installation has started. You have option to reboot on completion or you will restart it manually after completion. Wait for installation to finish.

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Verify AD working

Go to control panel -> administrative Tools -> Click “Active Directory Users and Computers”

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As you can see your domain name and its structure. Click on any folder in the hierarchy to verify there is no error.

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