Install AD DS and DNS for a New Forest

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

You can use this procedure to install Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and DNS and to create a new domain in a new forest.

Membership in Administrators is the minimum required to perform this procedure.

To install Active Directory Domain Services and DNS

  1. Do one of the following:

    • In Initial Configuration Tasks, in Customize This Server, click Add roles. The Add Roles Wizard opens.

    • Click Start, and then click Server Manager. In Server Manager, click Roles, and in the details pane, in Roles Summary, click Add Roles. The Add Roles Wizard opens.

  2. In Before You Begin, click Next.


The Before You Begin page of the Add Roles Wizard is not displayed if you have previously selected Do not show this page again when the Add Roles Wizard was run.

  1. In Select Server Roles, in Roles, select Active Directory Domain Services, and then click Next.

  2. In Active Directory Domain Services, click Next.

  3. In Confirm Installation Selections, click Install. The Installation Progress page opens during installation.

  4. When installation is complete, in Installation Results, review the information, and then click Close this wizard and launch the Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard. The Add Roles Wizard closes and the Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard opens. Click Next.

  5. In Choose a Deployment Configuration, select Create a new domain in a new forest. Click Next.

  6. In Name the Forest Root Domain, in FQDN of the forest root domain, type the fully qualified domain name for your domain. For example, if your FQDN is, type Click Next.

  7. In Set Forest Functional Level, select the forest functional level that you want to use, and then click Next.

  8. In Additional Domain Controller Options, in Select additional options for this domain controller, verify that DNS server is selected, and then click Next. The Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard warning dialog box opens.

  9. The warning dialog box informs you that you can create a delegation to this DNS server manually in the parent zone. Click Yes to continue Active Directory Domain Services installation.

  10. In Location for Database, Log Files, and SYSVOL, do one of the following:

    • Accept the default values.

    • Type folder locations that you want to use for Database folder, Log files folder, and SYSVOL folder.

  11. Click Next.

  12. In Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator Password, in Password, type a password. In Confirm password, retype the password, and then click Next.

  13. In Summary, review your selections.

  14. If you want to export settings to an answer file, click Export settings, and specify a name for the answer file. Click Next.

  15. In Completing the Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard, click Finish, and then click Restart Now.