Install Active Directory in Windows Azure in four simple steps


Introduction:

There is a very long and complex way to install Active Directory in Windows Azure environment described in details in Windows Azure documentation here http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/manage/services/networking/active-directory-forest/, what I will propose in this post is a simple way to install Active Directory in a new Windows Azure without the need to go through all steps listed in Microsoft Windows Azure documentations that include creation of the virtual machine for Domain Controller using PowerShell.

Install Steps:

Installation steps are simple as follows:

1. Create a storage account that is in the same region as the affinity group, more details about how to create a storage in Windows Azure can be found here http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/manage/services/storage/how-to-create-a-storage-account/.

2. Create a new Network associated with the storage account created in step-1, create a Network subnet (for example 172.16.0.0/24), and select DNS to be same Network VLAN IP Address end with β€œ.4” (follow the same example 172.16.0.4), more details about how to create a virtual network in Windows Azure can be found here http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/manage/services/networking/create-a-virtual-network/.

3. Create the first virtual machine and associate it with the storage account and network created in steps-1 & step-2, this virtual machine automatically will take IP Address from network VLAN end with β€œ.4” (follow the same example 172.16.0.4), more details about how to create a virtual machine in Windows Azure can be found here http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/manage/windows/tutorials/virtual-machine-from-gallery/.

4. Install Active Directory (Including DNS Service) on the first created virtual machine in step-3.

Now your Windows Azure environment is ready with Active Directory and all new virtual machines that will be created later will automatically point to the IP Address of the Active Directory Domain Controller IP Address as their primary DNS server in network cards.

Conclusion:

As a conclusion, you have the long professional way to install Active Directory, and in this post, you get how to install Active Directory in your new Windows Azure environment with simple way and very fast.

Hope that this will accelerate building your new Windows Azure environment in less than an hour.

Comments (7)

  1. Maged Ezzat says:

    Welcome Nicole

  2. Anonymous says:

    no Arnau, reboot will keep the same IP, we always assign static IP Address for AD DCs, this is how to do so
    http://windowsitpro.com/windows-azure/set-azure-vm-static-ip-address

  3. Nicole says:

    Thanks, you helpt me alot with this tutorial πŸ™‚

  4. Chad says:

    Hi can you please contact me thrugh email i am going to be setting up active directory on a vm and i need the domain controller to have a static ip and also i am going to create a vm to host microsoft exchange as well can you help me setup the static ip
    so we can make sure there 2 servers are talking properly i have read all the info and i am confused your help will be needed thank you

  5. Simon says:

    I need to configure DNS ans DHCP too and if someone know how to do this in an Azure infra, I need that, thanks

  6. Arnau says:

    This will not work. With evert reboot, the network card will be new and will loose every configuration you made.

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