Wednesday, 10 August 2016

How to install Active Directory on Windows server 2016 Step by step with screenshots


This article will help to install Active directory on windows server 2016 TP 5, As Microsoft has announced the release for windows server 2016 TP 5 on April 27, 2016 . See more:
You can download windows 2016 TP 5 from below link:

Download from .VHD file and deploy using Hyper V Manager or Bootable disk. We have two option to install server using GUI or core version.
In last article we have installed windows server 2016 TP 5, you can see from below link:
So now we will see how we will deploy first ADDS on windows server 2016.
Refer below link to see what’s new in Active Directory Domain Services Technical Preview.
Install Active directory domain services on windows server 2016 TP5.
First we will some prerequisites before proceeding to installation and deployment.
Prepare for Active directory  

  • Specify the Preferred DNS server, Means we need to assign unique IP address to the server.

  • Check system is getting ping with assigned IP and Name, Also change computer name as well


  • Let’s start with demo for installation and deployment for ADDS on server 2016, Start your system and login with admin account. Once it will login automatic server Manager Dashboard will get open on start screen of the server. Here click on manage>Add Roles and features.

  • It will take you add roles and feature wizard page, skip the first page “Before you begin ” go to Installation type page

  • Select a server from the server pool and click to next, it will be showing computer name and IP address in server pool screen. See below

  • Server Roles page will come here select Active directory Domain servers Check box click check, It will take add feature page select add features and click next.

  • Here, it about new feature of ADDS, it will describe about the same read and click next

  • Then in next windows confirmation page will come, here we need to select restart (optional) and click install. It will start installation.

  • See the progress of installation, as below screen shot:

  • Here installation complete successfully, it will prompt this server to domain controller.


  • In new windows for ADDS configuration, below option will be available.
Select as your requirement in our case we are going to select add new forest Enter you domain name and click on next.

  • It will take new page called domain controlled options, we will select the forest function and domain function level to same as default and assign password.

  • Click next to complete DNS delegation and NetBios.


  • On the path page, select the database and log files folder and sysvol folder. Leave as default

  • Review the configuration on this page before proceeding for next.

  • We can view Script by clicking in view script on the review option page

  • Click next to start prerequisite check is done, click on install to proceed.

  • If it will get successfully message click on the install option to deploy the ADDS, wait for some time till installation is getting complete.


  • As we had selected restart option once complete installation, it will ask for restart so restart the machine and relogin once start the server.

  • Now we are back to the server,  we will verify server has deployed the ADDS. To do so for click on start and select windows administrator tool and we can see all services has been deployed successfully.

  • We have created new OU and created a user and login to the same server to verify working fine.


This completes installation process. The steps are very similar to with AD DS installation on windows server 2012.

Hope this will Help someone

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