Install Active Directory Services in Windows Server 8 Beta

You are same as me, the people use dcpromo to install Active Directory Services. Unfortunately you can no longer do that in Windows Server 8 Beta. You will receive a message “The Active Directory Services installation Wizard is relocated in Server Manager.” if you type dcpromo in command prompt.


You can use Server Manager to install Active Directory Services like the video below.

Install Active Directory Services in Windows Server 8 Beta

This is not the end yet. You need to click on the exclamation mark and choose Promote this server to a domain controller to complete the installation indeed.


Note: You must have a static IP address and add DNS Server before promote the server to a domain controller.



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Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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2 Responses to Install Active Directory Services in Windows Server 8 Beta

  1. Pingback: The things that are better left unspoken : New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 2: New Promotion Process

  2. lesen weitre says:

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