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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Installing Active Directory Domain Services

The process of installing Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) on a server running Windows Server 2008 is straightforward. In most cases, you will use the Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard. When AD DS is installed on a computer running Windows Server 2008, the computer becomes a domain controller. This process is also called promotion—a member server is promoted to domain controller. If the promoted server is the first domain controller in a new domain and forest, a pristine directory database is created, with just the default directory service objects. If the promoted server is an additional domain controller in an existing domain, the replication process is used to propagate ...

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