Guide Install and Configure Windows Server 2016 Active Directory

Guide Install and Configure Windows Server 2016 Active Directory. This post provides full Guide of installation and configuration Windows Server 2016 Active Directory Role. Installation and Configuration similar to Windows Server 2012 R2.

Some preparation:

  • Create strong password for Administrator account (it will be Domain Admin in future);
  • Install all updates;
  • Rename your server by Corporate naming policy. (When you install Windows Server, a random name generated);
  • Assign a static IP to your server.


1. After Server Manager starts – click on Add roles and features link;

2. Click Next button on the wizard screen. Also, you may set check mark Skip this page by default and you don’t see this step at next runtime;

3. For installation type, select Role-based or feature-based installation and click Next button;

4. Choose option Select a server from the server pool (selected by default) and click Next button;

5. Click box for Active Directory Domain Services;

6. In the new pop-up window click Add Features;

7. Click Next button;

8. For Features, don’t select anything, click Next button;

9. For Active Directory Domain Services click Next button;

10. At confirmation screen, you may decide whether to restart the destination server automatically or not, in my case, I don’t set this option. Click Install button;

11. Installation begins;

12. Once completed, click the Close button.


1. From the Server Manager dashboard, click the flag with the exclamation mark symbol. Click Promote the server to a domain controller;

2. On the next screen, select the deployment operation that is needed. In this example, the Add a new forest is selected and the name is entered to create a new root domain. Click Next button;

3. Since this will be the only domain controller in this lab example, both the forest and domain functional levels will remain at Windows Server Technical Preview (I use Windows Server 2016 from VLSC, but it recognized as Technical Preview).  Leave check box on Domain Name System (DNS) Server to make this system a DNS server. The option for GC is checked without the ability to modify since the first domain controller must be a Global Catalog server. The third option is unchecked and unmodifiable because the first domain controller cannot be a Read-Only Domain Controller;

4. Enter a DSRM password and click Next;

5. For DNS options, there is no existing DNS infrastructure since this is our first domain controller. So, the warning can be ignored. Click Next button;

6. Enter BIOS domain name and click Next button;

7. If you need you may change folders locations (NOT RECOMENDED), click Next button;

8. Review options. Please note that a PowerShell shell script is provided if you need to automate this on future installs. Click View Script. If needed, copy this script for future use. Close Notepad window and click Next button;

9. System check prerequisites;

10. If the prerequisites check passes, then click Install button;

11. The installation will begin;

12. Once complete – system will be rebooted;

13. After reboot you may sign to PC as Domain Admin;

14. This is result of our Windows Server 2016 Active Directory installation;


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