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Building an Exchange 2013 LAB Environment using Windows Server 2012

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Andy Grogan

In the previous two parts of this series I took you through building a Windows 2012 server on Hyper-V Server and then in the second part took you through the process of installing Active Directory Domain Services. 

In this part of the series I would like to take you through the process of installing and configuring Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services on your domain controller. By then end of this article; our test lab will be one fourth complete – and looks like the following schematic:

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Exchange 2013 Lab Tutorial: Part 2: AD Domain Controller and Installation

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Andy Grogan


In the previous part of this series (Part 1) I took you through to the point where you now have a basic Hyper-V guest which can be used as the domain controller for your Exchange 2013 Test Lab. In this part I would like to take you through how you can install Active Directory on that guest machine.

Now it is important to note that the process of installing AD on Windows Server 2012 is very different to previous versions of Windows. In versions of Windows from 2000 through to 2008R2 it was as simple as dropping to a command line and typing “DCPROMO” – but in Windows 2012 DCPROMO has been depreciated. You can type it in – but you will be told to use the Server Manager to perform an install of Active Directory Domain Services.

You can use the Server Manager to install Active Directory (but where is the fun in that?) – so, you guessed it – you can also use PowerShell.

So for the purposes of this article in the series I decided to write an Powershell automation script for the installation of Active Directory on the domain controller in our LAB.

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