Inside Webster’s Lab: Installing a Domain Controller Using PowerShell
With all the writing I do for my website and customers, I recreate my Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory (AD) environment frequently. I thought I would show you how I use PowerShell to install and configure my Domain Controller.
First things first, install Windows Server 2012 R2 and configure the server as you require. i.e. time zone, static IP, Internet Explorer Enhanced Security, etc.
Start a PowerShell session and run the following PowerShell cmdlets one at a time, as shown in Figure 1.
Set-ExecutionPolicy bypass Add-WindowsFeature "RSAT-AD-Tools" Add-WindowsFeature -Name "ad-domain-services" -IncludeAllSubFeature -IncludeManagementTools Add-WindowsFeature -Name "dns" -IncludeAllSubFeature -IncludeManagementTools Add-WindowsFeature -Name "gpmc" -IncludeAllSubFeature -IncludeManagementTools
Now that the necessary Roles and Features are installed, the server can be promoted to a domain controller.
Run the following cmdlet as shown in Figure 2.
Note: I set the NoRebootOnCompletion parameter to $True when I ran the cmdlet just so I could make sure I got a screen shot before the server restarted.
Install-ADDSForest ` -CreateDnsDelegation:$false ` -DatabasePath "C:\Windows\NTDS" ` -DomainMode "Win2012R2" ` -DomainName "labaddomain.com" ` -DomainNetbiosName "labaddomain" ` -ForestMode "Win2012R2" ` -InstallDns:$true ` -LogPath "C:\Windows\NTDS" ` -NoRebootOnCompletion:$false ` -SysvolPath "C:\Windows\SYSVOL" ` -Force:$true
You will be prompted for the Safe Mode password. Password must meet complexity requirements.
Server will automatically restart (I had to restart the server since I set the NoRebootOnCompletion to True).
Log back in to the server, start a PowerShell session and run the following PowerShell cmdlets one at a time, as shown in Figure 3.
Set-DnsServerPrimaryZone –Name "labaddomain.com" –ReplicationScope "Forest" Set-DnsServerScavenging –ScavengingState $True –RefreshInterval 7:00:00:00 –NoRefreshInterval 7:00:00:00 –ScavengingInterval 7:00:00:00 –ApplyOnAllZones –Verbose Set-DnsServerZoneAging labaddomain.com –Aging $True –NoRefreshInterval 7:00:00:00 –RefreshInterval 7:00:00:00 –ScavengeServers 192.168.1.102 –PassThru –Verbose Add-DnsServerPrimaryZone –ReplicationScope "Forest" –NetworkId "192.168.1.0/24" –DynamicUpdate Secure –PassThru –Verbose Set-DnsServerZoneAging "1.168.192.in-addr.arpa" –Aging $True –NoRefreshInterval 7:00:00:00 –RefreshInterval 7:00:00:00 –PassThru –Verbose
The domain controller needs to have its DNS server settings corrected. The primary DNS server should be its IP address and the secondary DNS server should be 127.0.0.1 as shown in Figure 4.
Now you have a domain controller installed with basic configuration ready to go.