How to create a new AD Forest with Windows 2012 Server Core

Here is a quick guide on how to build a new forest (domain controller) with Windows 2012 Server Core.

1. Login to your Windows 2012 Server Core.

2. Configure Server Name and Assign Static IP Address with Sconfig.cmd

3. Add Active Directory Server Role

  • Open a PowerShell Window
  • Import-Module ServerManager
  • Add-windowsFeature AD-Domain-Services
  • Restart-Computer

4. Login to your server to configure your new Active Directory Forest

  • Import-Module ADDSDeployment
  • Install-ADDSForest -DomainName Domain.local -DomainMode Win2012 -DomainNetBiosName domain -ForestMode Win2012 –InstallDNS

5. After the server reboots, login to your server and check AD Installation

  • Import-Module ActiveDirectory
  • Get-ADForest
  • Get-ADRootDSE

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