Promoting the Standalone Server to Domain Controller Back to Page 1
So far, within a Practice-labs environment, we have two machines:
- Windows Server (PLABSA01)
- Windows 10 client (PLABWIN101)
After Login to Practice-labs
NOTE: Make sure to access the right Lab on Practice-Labs
In this training, we will:
- Promote our server to be a Domain Controller.
- Install Active Directory.
Power on the server
Hide the content panel and adjust the screen size
NOTE: The screen captures are from Practice-labs platform and may show different names for the devices, depending on who is presenting.
How to check the Active Directory membership prior to start the tasks
In contrast when accessing the same options on Domain member machine you will find this
NOTE: Once make sure the membership of Domain and
Standalone nature of machine then proceed to the task
Auto Login feature will ease you to access Practice-Labs Machines
If you see this screen no worries, click to reconnect
Server Manager manages the server and the domain infrastructure.
Server Manager opens up automatically. It can also be launched by clicking the Start menu – it displays as a tile, and also shows in the search list.
Question: What is the name of the server? How can you find it?
Answer: When we create a server, Microsoft automatically generates a long machine name.
To find the server name,
- Click File Explorer
- Right-click This PC
- Click Properties.
(“System” screen displays).
Click Change Settings
(“System Properties” dialog box displays)
Notice that the current Full computer name is a long, hard to remember name.
(Computer Name/ Domain Changes dialog box displays).
In the Computer name field, enter the desired name.
NOTE: For class, change the name of the server to “DC [your initials]”.
Do not be confused by the Practice-Labs server name. This is the way that Practice-Labs identifies this server, but the actual server machine name can only be changed as per the steps listed here.
(Server name is changed).
Also, a prompt displays saying that the server must re-start to effect the change.
Click OK to this, and then another prompt displays saying you can re-start later, as needed.
For the lab, we must disable the firewall. This would typically not be done in a work environment.
Search for “Firewall”
(“Windows Defender Firewall” app displays)
Click to launch the Firewall app.
(“Windows Defender Firewall” screen displays).
Click “Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off.”
(“Customize Settings” dialog box displays)
Check both “Turn off…” settings.
(“Windows Defender Firewall” is turned off).
Restart the server by clicking Start/Power/ Restart.
(Windows server machine is re-started)
Question: How to find the IP address of this computer?
Answer: Use the “ipconfig” command, below are the steps:
In the Search field, enter CMD.
(Command prompt displays).
Type “ipconfig” and press Enter.
( a variety of information, including the machine’s IP address, displays).
This machine’s IPv4 address is 192.168.0.3.
The network address is 192.168.0.
The host address is .3
Question: is the above IP address static or dynamic?
Answer: Static (Why because DHCP is not enabled and IP configured manually)
NOTE: More information on addresses comes up in Phase 2 of the training.
Launch Server Manager.
From the Server Manager dashboard, click Add roles and features.
(“Add Roles and Features” Wizard displays).
(“Select installation type” dialog box displays)
Role-based or feature based installation is selected by default.
(“Select Destination server” dialog box displays)
Note: The server machine displays with a “short name”- “DCxx”- since we changed it. Otherwise, it would have that long, hard to remember name.
(“Select server roles” dialog box displays).
Check “Active Directory Domain Services”.
(“Add features that are required for Active Directory…?” dialog box displays).
Click Add Features.
(Additional Features to be added to the install display)
(“Select features” dialog box displays)
Additional services to be added are checked automatically.
(“Active Directory Domain Services” screen displays)
(“Confirm Installation Selections” dialog box displays)
(Installation process begins)
As the install proceeds, a yellow icon should display in the Title bar.
Click the yellow icon.
Click “Promote this server to a domain controller”.
(“Deployment Configuration” dialog box displays)
Note: In general, we don’t use capital letters in naming devices.
(“Domain Controller Options” dialog box displays)
Enter the password for Directory Services Restore Mode.
NOTE: For the training, use the same password as for other devices. “Passw0rd!@#”
(“DNS Options” screen displays).
NOTE: Every Domain Controller needs its own DNS. Right now, we are using a DNS that is part of the router that’s already running in this lab. More explanation on this later.
(A DNS connection gets created automatically.)
(“Additional Options” dialog box displays).
Enter the NetBIOS domain name.
(“Paths” screen displays).
(“Review Options” screen displays)
(“Prerequisites Check” screen displays)
In this case, we can ignore the listed errors.
(“Installation” screen displays).
You will be prompted to re-start the machine.
Server machine now has Active Directory and is a Domain Controller (DC).