Once you click Install, Active Directory
- configure the server to be a domain controller,
- perform initial replication, and
- then reboot automatically.
After the server reboots, you will have a fully functional domain controller.
If you are promoting a domain controller
that is running a version of Windows prior to Windows Server 2012, the Server Manager and PowerShell approaches we have discussed so far will not apply.
Prior versions of Windows (dating back to Windows 2000) use a tool called dcpromo to install Active Directory. You can launch dcpromo by going to
- Run and
- typing in dcpromo.
One tip we can offer for dcpromo is that in some versions of Windows, options for things like Install from Media are hidden unless you run dcpromo in advanced mode.
To do that, run dcpromo /adv.