Applies To: Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012
Thoroughly preparing your Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) design is essential to a cost-effective deployment. If your network environment is currently operating without a directory service, complete a comprehensive design of your AD DS logical structure before you deploy AD DS. Then, you can deploy a new forest root domain and deploy the rest of your domain structure according to your design.
The following illustration shows the steps for deploying Windows Server 2008 AD DS in a network environment that is currently operating without a directory service.
For a list of detailed tasks that you can use to plan and deploy AD DS in a new organization, see Checklist: Deploying AD DS in a New Organization.