Setting up Windows Server 2008 Domain controller in your Network

  1. New Server Operating System Installation Options

  1. Full Installation of Windows Server 2008
  2. Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008

     

    1. Creating a new Windows Server 2008 Forest

Upgrades to Windows Server 2008

From

To Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2003

ü

Windows Server 2000

ü

Windows NT Server 4.0 Domain Controller

×

Windows NT Server 4.0

×

 

Points to Remember:

  1. First Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller in the forest must be a Global Catalog Server
  2. First Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller in the forest cannot be an RODC.
    1. Installing a Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller as an additional DC in an existing Windows Server 2003/2000 domain

 

First Win 2008 DC in

Run

On

Windows 2003/2000 Forest

adprep /forestprep

Operations Master

Windows 2003 Domain

adprep /domainprep

Infrastructure Master

Windows 2000 Domain

adprep /domainprep /gpprep

Infrastructure Master

Win 2008 RODC in 2003/ 2000 Domain

adprep /rodcprep

Any computer in the forest

Win 2008 RODC that will be GC

adprep /domainprep

Infrastructure Master In all domains in the forest

 

Note: while running adprep /rodcprep command on a computer, you receive an error message informing that not all application partitions have been updated, the rerun adprep /rodcprep command.

  1. Active Directory Services on Windows Server 2008 can be installed using:

  1. Initial Configuration Tasks
  2. Server Manager
  3. From command line by running – dcpromo
    1. New Active Directory Installation Options in Windows Server 2008

 

Option

In Windows Server 2000/2003

In Windows Server 2008

DNS Server

Installation offered if needed

Installation and Configuration is automatic if needed

Global Catalog Server

Not an option during AD installation

Can select this option during AD installation in the wizard

RODC (Read-Only Domain Controller)

– First DC in forest cannot be RODC

– RODC must replicate from a writable Windows Server 2008 DC

 

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