Install Active Directory Domain Services In Windows Server

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Friends must have been lazy reading Windows Server tutorials that use the CLI method? There are GUI-based ones, and why bother using the CLI-based ones? 😀 .

My goal of doing a Windows Server tutorial based on CLI is only to let friends know that Windows Server configuration can also be done through CLI. CLI configuration may be needed when the Windows Server GUI display has issues or is not accessible.

Relax, don’t be sad. Today I will also show you the steps of setting up Active Directory on Windows Server 2019 from GUI.

Configuring Active Directory

  • Log in to Windows as an administrator.
  • This configuration assumes that the Windows server already uses a static IP address and directs DNS to the static IP address used.
  • Go to Server Manager in the Windows taskbar
  • Select Manage | Add Roles and Features at the top right.
  • Select role-based or feature-based installation
  • Select a server from the server pool and choose the server that will be used as the AD server.
  • Click on the blank Active Directory Domain Services box
  • Check the Include management tools (if applicable) section, then click Add Features.
  • Click Install
  • Skip the Features section, click Next
  • Click Next
  • Click Install to start installing the Active Directory service and its add-ons.
  • Wait for the installation process to complete
  • When you’re done, click Promote this server as a domain controller to configure Active Directory.
  • Select Add New Forest and enter the domain name used in the Root Domain Name. For example, here, I use the domain “”.
  • Select Windows Server 2016 at the functional level, check the Domain Name System (DNS) server and Global Catalog (GC) and fill in the Directory Services Restore Mode password with
  • solid password criteria.
  • Skip the DNS Options section, click Next
  • Fill in the NetBIOS domain name according to the domain name used. For example, if the word I use is “”, then the NetBIOS domain name I use is the top-level domain, i.e. “DANZI” with capital letters (NetBIOS standardization on Windows uses capital letters)
  • Skip the Paths section, click Next
  • Check the configuration that was specified in Review Options. If it’s ok, click Next.
  • If it says that all prerequisite checks were completed successfully, click Install to apply the specified configuration.
  • Wait for the process to complete

Creating an Active Directory User

  • Go to Server Manager in the Windows taskbar.
  • Select Tools | Active Directory Users and Computers in the upper right corner.
  • Select the Users | New | User to add a new AD user.
  • Name the Full page name (required)
  • Enter a password for the user

Windows client integration with Active Directory (Join AD)

  • Prepare a computer with a desktop Windows operating system. By the way, I’m using Windows 10 OS, but it doesn’t matter if you’re using Windows 7/8 because the setup I’m doing in
  • Windows 10 shouldn’t be much different from the setup in Windows 7/8.
  • Ensure the computer can be connected to AD and has used AD IP as the DNS server.
  • Open File Explorer from the Windows taskbar
  • Right-click This PC/My Computer/Computer, then select Properties.
  • Click Change Settings on the right
  • Click Edit at the bottom
  • Select Domain in Member of, and enter the name of the AD domain.
  • Enter the AD user and password that was created earlier.
  • Restart the Windows client
  • Windows client login using AD user credentials

This is the way to do Windows Server 2019 Desktop Active Directory (GUI) configuration, hope the above method can help friends to do the installation and configuration on Windows Server.

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