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This How-To will walk you through Installing Active Directory in Windows Server 2012. Active Directory, also known as AD, is a service that comes with many Windows Server Operating Systems. It is used to manage Domain Networks distinguishing an administrator user and regular users. This is done by verifying the specified security boundaries and policies for each user to maintain the Network secure and restricted.


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Installing Active Directory on Windows Server 2012

Open the Server Manager from the taskbar.

From Server Manager Dashboard, select Add roles and features. This will launch the Roles and Features Wizard, allowing modifications to be performed on the Windows Server 2012 instance.

From server manager selct add roles and features

Server Manager


Select Role-based or feature-based installation from the Installation Type screen and click Next.

Select Roles-based or feature-based installation

Installation Type


By default, the current server is selected. Click Next to proceed to the Server Roles tab.

Select your server

Server Selection


From the Server Roles page, place a checkmark in the box next to Active Directory Domain Services. A notice will appear explaining that additional role services or features are also required to install domain services; click Add Features.

Review your features and Include managementn tools

Add roles and features wizard.


Review and select optional features to install during the AD DS installation by placing a check in the box next to any desired features; Once done, click Next.

Add any additional optional features.



Review the information on the AD DS tab and click Next.

Select next.



Once you click next, the following window will quickly come up. Review the installation and click Install.

Confirm your installation and select Install



Congratulations! You have just Installed Active Directory in Windows Server 2012. If you would like to configure Active Directory, please Check our “Configuring Active Directory in Windows Server 2012” article. Thank you for following along in this How-To, and check back with us for any new updates.

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