3.5. Installing Active Directory

Installing Active Directory is an easy and straightforward process as long as you planned adequately and made the necessary decisions beforehand. In this section, you'll look at the actual steps required to install the first domain controller in a given environment.

With early versions of the Windows NT operating system, you had to determine during installation the role of your server as it related to the domain controller or member server. Choices included making the machine a primary domain controller (PDC), a backup domain controller (BDC), or a member server. This was an extremely important decision because, even though you could promote a BDC to a PDC, you had to completely reinstall the operating system ...

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