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Deploy Your First Active Directory Forest and Domain

Summary

In this chapter, you learned how to use Windows PowerShell to create a new Active Directory Domain Services deployment with a new Active Directory forest and root domain. You learned how to configure a network adapter to use a fixed IP address, including setting the DNS server address. You renamed the server to a more human-friendly name that fits with your organizational naming convention, and you installed additional roles and features on the server.

After configuring the networking on the server, you tested your environment to ensure that you were fully prepared to deploy the new forest, and when the test was successful, you promoted the server to be the root domain controller in your new forest.

In the next chapter, you’ll learn how to configure your DNS server, adding DNS zones and resource records, and you’ll also learn how to configure DHCP entirely with Windows PowerShell.