Unlike in the previous Windows Server version, in Windows Server 2012, dcpromo has been deprecated by Microsoft. First time when I setup the Domain Controller in Windows Server 2012, it took me sometime to figure out without realize dcpromo is gone. This is what I receive when I try to enter dcpromo command
So what replaces dcpromo in Windows Server 2012? There are now two ways to promote a server to a DC. The first option is to use PowerShell. The second option is a task made available in Server Manager that can be run to begin the promotion wizard which I will cover here.
Steps to Setup Domain Controller
- Open Server Manager, select Manage and click on “Add Roles and Features”
- Click Next on the “Before you begin” window
- Select Role-based or feature-based installation, then click Next
- Click Select a server from the server pool, click the name of the server to install Active Directory Domain Services to, and then click Next (If you wanted to install this on a remote server, you have to first create a server group containing the remote server)
- Click Active Directory Domain Services. When the Add Roles and Features Wizard dialog box opens, select Add Features, then Next
6. On the Active Directory Domain Services page, review the information and then click Next
7. On the Confirm installation selections page, click Install
8. On the Results page, verify Installation succeeded, and click Promote this server to a domain controller to start the Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard
9. If the feature installation has already been closed, click the Tasks icon along the top of Server Manager to start the AD DS Configuration Window.
- Choose your Deployment Configuration.
11. Follow the instruction in the wizard to complete the Domain Controller setup