Active Directory Domain Services In Windows Server 2016

What is Active Directory Domain Services?

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) stores directory data and manages communication between the users and domains, including user logon processes, authentication and directory searches. An Active Directory domain controller is a Server, which is running AD DS.

In this article, I have explained how to create and configure user profile, using Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2016.

Log on to Windows Server machine.

Navigate into Server Manager.

Click Manage -> Add roles and features.

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Pick Role based or feature based installation -> Click Next.

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Pick the Server from the Server pool -> click Next.

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Check Active Directory Domain Services -> Click Next.

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Follow the screenshot and click Next.

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Proceed by clicking Next.

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Follow the steps, as shown in the screenshot and click Next.

Check Restart destination Services automatically -> Click Install.

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Click Close.

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After successful installation, click Flag “Promote this Server into domain controller.


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Click Add Forest and provide the root domain name.

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Click Next and provide Directory Services recovery password.

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Click Next.

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Leave NETBIOS name by default SHAREPOINT2016.

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Provide the location for AD DS database.

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Click Next and click Install.

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After successful installation, click Tools -> Active directory users and computers


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Follow the screenshot to proceed further.

After, New user icon, create a user name and provide password.


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Click Finish.

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Let’s login with username and password.

Happy learning.

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