Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Windows 8 Server – Remote DCPROMO and Deployment

In Windows 8, Microsoft has introduced a lot of new features.  In this blog, my focus is on the remote deployment capability of Windows Server 8.  The administration and management of local and remote servers can be performed from the Server Manager console.  In Server Manager, you will see Local Server and All Servers sections. You can add remote servers in to the All Serves group. 
From the Server Manager–> All Servers –> Add Servers


As you can see in the following screenshot, you can select remote servers using Active Directory, DNS or you can import them. 


Once you complete this process, you will these new servers in All Servers group.  You can Add Roles, Features, Change configuration or perform any other administration task from this console. 


I am going to install Active Directory Domain Services Role and perform a remote DCPROMO on my remote server – SAN-WIN08-02


The process is same as installing a Role on a local machine. You can see more information in


The next step is to configure this server as a Domain Controller.  From the Server Manger Dashboard, you will see the required configuration details in the Roles and Sever Group section. 


From this Notification window, you can start the DCPROMO process – Post-deployment Configuration


In this demo, I am adding an additional Domain Controller to my existing domain.  As you can see in the following screenshot, you have three options available:

  1. Add a domain controller to an existing domain
  2. Add a new domain to an existing forest
  3. Add a new forest


Also, you will see a few more options like selecting a Site Name, GC etc in the configuration wizard. 


You can configure,enable the DNS delegation and change credentials if needed. 


In the next window, you can configure the database, log and SYSVOL locations.  Also, you can select a domain controller for replication (Replicate From). 


More options are available to  customize the application partition replication by adding or removing these partitions, selecting only critical data etc.   


Review these installation options and click Next to start the domain controller promotion process.  This server (SAN-WIN08-02) will be an additional domain controller in the Santhosh.Lab2 domain. 


These settings can be exported to a Windows PowerShell script to automate the installation options.


The DCPROMO process will perform a Prerequisite Check and Complete the installation.  You will see the summary report in the Installation Result window. 




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