How to Configure a Server Core Domain Controller: Vanilla to First DC in a Forest


Hi All


 


Sometimes you just want a new Domain created quickly for a bit of testing.  Given that Windows 2008 ships with server core, a light footprint version of the OS, it’s ideal for being the domain controller.  As I am fairly inexperienced with Server Core I had to search all over the place to find information on how to go from a vanilla server core build, to a dc running a brand new domain.  I figured out a set of commands that achieve this, so thought I would share them with the world. 


 


Rename Host


Netdom renamecomputer <OldName> /NewName:<NewName>


 


Set IP


netsh int ip set address “Local Area Connection” static 192.168.0.210 255.255.255.0 192.168.0.1 1


 


Set DNS


Netsh interface ipv4 add dnsserver name=”<idxname>” address=<IP Address> index = 1


 


Install DNS Role


start /w ocsetup DNS-Server-Core-Role


 


Create New Domain


dcpromo /unattend:c:\unattend.txt


 


Unattend.txt Contents


[DCINSTALL]
AutoConfigDNS=Yes
DomainNetBiosName=benpdom
NewDomainDNSName=benpdom.com
ReplicaOrNewDomain=Domain
NewDomain=Forest
ForestLevel=3
DomainLevel=3
SafeModeAdminPassword=Password1234
RebootOnSuccess=Yes


 


Another cool Server Core reference can be found on Mark’s blog here:


 


http://blogs.technet.com/mempson/archive/2008/03/19/server-core-quick-reference-guide.aspx


 


Hope this helps


 


Cheers



BenP


 

Comments (4)

  1. Anonymous says:

    enable file and print sharing firewall rules to allow ping without disabling firewall

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Read-only Domain Controller is one of the new and most existing features of Windows Server 2008.

  3. Anonymous says:

    One of the things I have pointed people to a few times recently&#160; is the Windows Server Core document

  4. randy says:

    In my case i have seen that i had to first disable the firewall on the server core, only then could i ping that machine…is that a requirement?