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Create a New AD LDS Instance

Updated: December 30, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

You use the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Setup Wizard to create Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) service instances. In AD LDS, a "service instance" (or, simply, "instance") refers to a single running copy of the AD LDS directory service. Multiple instances of the AD LDS can run simultaneously on the same computer. (This is not true for Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).) Each instance of the AD LDS directory service has a separate directory data store, a unique service name, and a unique service description that is assigned during installation. During AD LDS installation, you have the option of creating an application directory partition if your Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) application does not create one for you.

Membership in the Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477.

To use the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Setup Wizard to create a new AD LDS instance

  1. Click Start , point to Administrative Tools , and then click Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Setup Wizard .

  2. On the Welcome to the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Setup Wizard page, click Next .

  3. On the Setup Options page, click A unique instance , and then click Next .

  4. Finish creating the new instance by following the wizard instructions.

To use the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Setup Wizard to create a new AD LDS instance in Windows Server 2008

  1. To start the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Setup Wizard in Windows Server® 2012, click Start , type. Click Add roles and features in Server Manager.

  2. On the Welcome to the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Setup Wizard page, click Next .

  3. On the Setup Options page, click A unique instance , and then click Next .

  4. Finish creating the new instance by following the wizard instructions.

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