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Simple Quick Full Guide to Implement Windows Server and Active Directory Domain Service

Windows server installation and setup can be complex task especially of the lack clear steps and purpose, further more implementing active directory and all domain related features can became a nightmare for the same reasons above. In this article we provide a clear steps to setup and implement the full cycle from choosing the correct windows server all the way to deploying the AD DS.

Windows server installation and setup can be complex task especially of the lack clear steps and purpose, further more implementing active directory and all domain related features can became a nightmare for the same reasons above. In this article we provide a clear steps to setup and implement the full cycle from choosing the correct windows server all the way to deploying the AD DS.

Step 1: Choosing the correct windows server edition

There are four different editions of windows server:

Foundation, Essentials, Standard and Datacenter.

You may click here to know more details about each edition and the differences however to have the full feature and wizards needed for easiest setup (for small or midsize companies) you may choose either standard or Essentials editions since both have full features also.

Step 2: Windows Server Installation

Step 3: Windows Server Exploration and Main Features and Tools

Computer Management: Is a system tool that manages major server related aspects such as computer devices , user accounts, hardware, server settings, view even log etc…

Can run from command prompt: compmgmt.msc

or simply type computer Management at the search from the start screen

Server Manager

Microsoft Management Console (MMC)

Step 4: Active Directory Domain Service (AD DS) Setup and Implementation

In order to install AD DS

Go to server role and check Active Directory Domain Service.

Click Install and add all the recommended features that would popup

If this is your first domain you would need to choose new forest option

Following the AD DS installation wizard is really self-descriptive

When done restart the server

Now that the active directory installed you would need to promote it

This can be done by selecting AD in the left menu in the server manager and click in the warning icon, and choose promote sever and follow the wizard

Now the Active Directory should be all set

In order to manager the different domain objects such as Users, Computers you can  go to server manager ->tools -> Active Directory Users and Computers

In this tool you would be able to manage Users, User Profile, Groups and much more, the best way here is to explore all possible options espectially permissions and control delegations, Organizational Unit (OU) (How to delete OU?) etc..

You would have to pay close attention to the hierarchical permission implementation (Allow, Deny) across the domain

Step 5: Remote Administration Tools implementation

Step 6: Implementing DHCP Server

The rest of the steps go in the same form as stated above , however if you need any further details please feel free to contact us

Step 7 File Management and Sharing

Step 8: Printer Deployment

Step 9: Trouble Shooting

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