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Server 2012 AD Install


Server 2012 Release Candidate landed yesterday. I decide to install on my portable lab environment, where I already have a Win8 AD setup.

VMware workstation doesn’t know 2012/win8 yet so you need to choose ‘install OS later’, then selecting 2008 R2 as the target OS seems to work fine.

So MS have chosen a nice new blue for server 2012, I like to think there is a focus group somewhere at Redmond that spent ages choosing the particular shade 🙂 I also like the new monochrome logo styling, cf win8/ie10.

The install is really quick, not like the good old days. Once installed and networking/computername configured it’s time to dcpromo. This is all done through the role/feature system now.

Select Active Directory Domain Services, and DNS (assuming you want this to be a DNS server), then a few next/nexts and Install.

Once installed, next step is to actually Promote this server to a domain controller.

The config steps are broadly similar to previous versions (and the same as win8 obviously). I am adding to an existing Win8 Beta AD domain.

The install when adding to a domain/forest suggests it will need to run the adprep functions. This is being added to a Win8 forest which in theory is the same, but perhaps they have had to do some schema updates to change ‘8’ into ‘2012’ and fix whatever else they found wrong with the beta.

I ignored the messages about DNS delegation (there isn’t one in my lab) and NT4 cryptography, then went ahead and let it configure. It reboots and you are done. I checked and it disagrees with the win8beta DC as to what the functional level is called:

But a quick check of msDS-Behavior-Version shows it to be the same level, 5.

So all went fine, my win8preview and samba clients can connect with no problems and the domain didn’t spontaneously combust, all replication etc checks out fine. Having said that, I haven’t managed to get the win8 beta version to crash yet, lots of dogfooding by Microsoft means betas aren’t what they used to be!

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