If you got your hands on to windows 2012 Servers and first things you will notice “DCPromo” wont work anymore (-: , so long we got used to “DCPromo” and not it has been taken away.
IF you are admin type wont like GUI and like to get things done via command line , like me you will have heart broken, perhaps you will be happy (-:, sort story let’s get the simple promoting Server to be a additional domain controller in existing Forest/Domain. Most of the general knowledge is the same, we still have NTDS folder and .DIT database and edb.chk file, with logs.
I like to add the Server to Forest/Domain before promoting them to be DC/GC/DNS etc., it is an old habit, I like the server to add A record, PTR record ( if RDNS Zone exist) reboot the server and log into domain and do the domain controller promotion from there.
after login to Server and point the server to existing DNS server run the fallowing command from PS
If you need to add windows services……
|Install-windowsfeature -name AD-Domain-Services –IncludeManagementTools|
After you log in if you like to go to your C drive to verify the database etc. and having hard time to navigate in windows 2012 server (-: , just open PS and you can do everything and more from there, simply you can type “Explorer” hit enter, to get to GUI (-: or just type
As you can see working from and with PS is fun once you start figuring these simple shortcuts you will love windows 2012 and working with PS
Oz Casey, Dedeal ( MVP north America)
MCITP (EMA), MCITP (SA)
MCSE 2003, M+, S+, MCDST
Security+, Project +, Server +