Install Windows Server 2008 on the First Domain Controller in a New Regional Domain

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008

The first step in deploying the new regional domain is to install Windows Server 2008 on the first computer that you want to make the domain controller.


Before you install Windows Server 2008, verify that Domain Name System (DNS) was never previously installed on the computer that you want to make the domain controller. If DNS was previously installed, configuration of the DNS resolver and forwarders might fail.

To install Windows Server 2008

  1. Insert the Windows Server 2008 DVD into the DVD drive of the domain controller, and then select the option to install the operating system.

    As an alternative, you can use an automated installation method.

  2. Use the NTFS file system to format the partitions.

    Enter the computer name, static IP address, and subnet mask that are specified by your design. Enter a strong administrator password.

  3. Enable Remote Desktop to enable administrators to log on remotely, if necessary.

    To enable Remote Desktop, in Server Manager, click Configure Remote Desktop, and then click Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure) or Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (more secure).