Over the next few weeks I am going to be going through the setup up of a Windows Server 2008 R2 based network from scratch.
The first stage of this setup is to get our first server setup and working. The first step is to install the OS it’s self, this process is the same as it is for any Windows install that you have done and is quite self explanatory.
This guide will deal with everything after this point. Starting with the setup of Active Directory and the DNS service.
You’ll need to go ahead and activate your computer and set up updates. Once you’ve done that we’ll move onto setting up this servers roles.
Once the install has completed you’ll be given this screen. The next step is to click the blue hyperlink that will start the install of the DNS service (dcpromo.exe). You can pass through the first two screens by just clicking next.
On this screen you get to choose your Domain name. For our example we’ve use “notlambda.local”. It’s important to choose carefully here as you’ll be using this name a lot through out the administration of your new network.