No more DCPromo, Just add roles and you can promote as a DC
Lets See how to do it
Open Server Manager
Choose Add Roles and Features
Choose Role-Bases or Feature-Based installation
Make Sure it reflects the right Ip address . If it doesn’t Close Server manager and Reopen it
Choose Active Directory Domain Services
Now Roles are Added but , Its not a Domain Controller Yet
Click on More or the Flag
Choose Promote this Server to a Domain Controller
Am Building a new forest
Choosing _ Add a New forest
It does have Function level of Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012
you can Skip it.
If you are Curious See -
What is DNS Delegation
Choose the NetBios Name
Leave it as default
If you are planning to promote more Domain Controllers , You can Use a Script like below
Which will give us more ease of deployment
Now to Access your Active Directory Services. use the Windows Start Button to access the features
Pin the important ones to start menu. So that it will be easily accessible for you
Why DomainMode = 2003?
Harper49, in order to promote a Windows Server 2012 computer to a DC, the Forest Functional Level (FFL) must be at least Windows Server 2003, which means that each domain must be at least Domain Functional Level (DFL) Windows Server 2003. The DFL cannot be Windows Server 2012 until all domain controllers are Windows Server 2012.