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PowerShell: Creating a new Active Directory Forest in Windows Server Technical Preview

PowerShell is king! that’s what they say, and indeed it is. I have Windows Server Technical Preview which has been available to the public since October 2014 for download at this link http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-technical-preview

Here’s the one liner script on how to create a new Active Directory Forest in PowerShell on Windows Server Technical Preview.

Install-ADDSForest -DomainName lab.demo -Confirm -DatabasePath C:\Windows\NTDS -DomainMode Win2012 -DomainNetbiosName LABDEMO -Force -ForestMode Win2012 -InstallDns -LogPath C:\Windows\NTDS -NoRebootOnCompletion -SysvolPath C:\Windows\SYSVOL

My domain will be LAB.DEMO 

In in the Windows Server Technical Preview, click on the Windows logo and in the Search box, just type “Power” and a couple of Windows PowerShell icons will appear, I have selected Windows PowerShell ISE, made a right-click on and click on “Run as administrator” from the menu.

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Next is to type in the command above…

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It will then ask for the SafeModeAdministrator twice.

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A progress bar will appear to show you the status of the installation.

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Once the installation completes, restart your server type in: shutdown /r /t 0

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After the restart notice that the login page is now my domain LABDEMO

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After the Server Manager launches, click on Tools, notice that even  Group Policy Management is installed.


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If you want to try this out, copy the command below:

Install-ADDSForest -DomainName domain.local -Confirm -DatabasePath C:\Windows\NTDS -DomainMode Win2012 -DomainNetbiosName DOMAINLOCAL -Force -ForestMode Win2012 -InstallDns -LogPath C:\Windows\NTDS -NoRebootOnCompletion -SysvolPath C:\Windows\SYSVOL

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Just change the following to your preferred Domain Name and Domain Netbios Name (highlighted above).

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