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Install Windows Server 2008 on the First Forest Root Domain Controller

Updated: April 11, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

The following procedure shows how to install Windows Server 2008 on a computer that you want to make a domain controller.

  1. Insert the Windows Server 2008 operating system DVD into the DVD drive of the domain controller, and then select the option to install the operating system.

    As an alternative, you can use an automated installation method.

  2. Use the NTFS file system to format the partitions.

    Enter the computer name, static IP address, and subnet mask that are specified by your design. Enter a strong administrator password.

  3. Enable Remote Desktop to enable administrators to log on remotely, if necessary.

    To enable Remote Desktop, in Server Manager, click Configure Remote Desktop, and then click Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure) or Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (more secure).

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