Replica DCs on Azure – Add the Active Directory Domain Services role

June 6, 2016 at 2:57 pm in Azure, Cloud, DC, hybrid cloud, IaaS, PowerShell by Wim Matthyssen

This blog post is part of the step-by-step to deploy replica DCs on Microsoft Azure which can be found here: http://scug.be/wim/2015/09/28/deploying-replica-dcs-in-windows-azure/

As a next step we need to install the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) role. We can do this trough the GUI (on Azure IaaS v1 VM 1 – AZGR-DC-01) or with the use of PowerShell (on Azure IaaS v1 VM 2 – AZGR-DC-02). Below I will show you both.

Install AD DS (GUI)

1) Logon to the server trough RDP, open Server Manager, on the Dashboard select Add roles and features

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2) Click Next on the Before you begin screen

3) Select Role-based or feature-based installation and click Next

4) Select to correct server and click Next

5) Select Active Directory Domain Services

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6) On the screen popped up, select Add Features

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7) Click Next on the Select server roles page

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8) Click Next

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9) Click Next

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10) Click Install

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11) Wait until the installation is finished and then click Close

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Install AD DS (PowerShell)

1) Logon to the server trough RDP and open a PowerShell window (as an administrator)

2) To install AD DS, run the following command as shown below

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3) You can also verify the success of the role installation by running following command

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That ends this part of the series. In the next part we will start were we ended, with the promotion of the server to a DC. So please continue through the rest of the series to complete the setup. Till next time!

Wim Matthyssen (@wmatthyssen)

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