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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

How to Create Additional Domain Controllers

To create an additional domain controller, you need an existing domain controller, and a standalone server or member server that is connected on the same network, and using the same DNS server.
Here are the steps below to create additional domain controllers for a domain:
  • Log on to the member server or standalone server that you want to promote to an additional domain controller.
  • Click Start and then Run, type and enter "dcpromo" in the Run dialog box. Click OK to start the Active Directory Installation Wizard.
  • On the initial Welcome page of the wizard and on the Operating System Compatibility page, Click Next.
  • Select the Additional domain controller for an existing domain option on the Domain Controller Type page, click Next.
  • Enter the user name, password and domain for the Administrator account being used to install Active Directory on the server on the Network Credentials page, click Next.
  • Eenter the FQDN domain name of the domain to which this particular server is to be an additional domain controller for on the Additional Domain Controller page. Click Next.
  • Specify a location for the Active Directory database, and specify a location for the Active Directory log files on the Database and Log Folders page, click Next.
  • Specify the location of the SYSVOL folder. This folder has to be located on a NTFS volume on the Shared System Volume page, click Next.
  • Enter the appropriate password in the password text boxes on the Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator Password page. And then click Next.
  • Once you have verified that the correct settings have been specified on the Summary page lists all the configuration settings that you have specified while navigating through the various pages of the Active Directory Installation Wizard, click Next.

  • Active Directory Installation has been completed on the Completing the Active Directory Installation Wizard page, click Finish.


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