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Checklist: Deploy the First Forest Root Domain Controller

Updated: April 11, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Complete the tasks in this checklist in the order in which they are presented. If a reference link takes you to a conceptual topic, return to this checklist after you review the conceptual topic so that you can proceed with the remaining tasks.

Checklist Checklist: Deploy the First Forest Root Domain Controller

 

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Install Windows Server 2008 on the computer that you want to make the domain controller.

Conceptual topic Install Windows Server 2008 on the First Forest Root Domain Controller

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Install Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) by running the Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard on the computer that you want to make the first forest root domain controller.

Conceptual topic Install AD DS on the First Forest Root Domain Controller

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Verify the installation of AD DS on the first forest root domain controller.

Conceptual topic Verify AD DS Installation on the First Forest Root Domain Controller

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Configure the Windows Time service (W32time) to meet the needs of your organization.

Conceptual topic Configure the Windows Time Service

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Verify DNS server recursive name resolution on the first forest root domain controller.

Conceptual topic Verify DNS Server Recursive Name Resolution on the First Forest Root Domain Controller

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Make it possible for clients to locate a domain controller in the next closest site by enabling the Try Next Closest Site Group Policy setting. For more information, see Enabling Clients to Locate the Next Closest Domain Controller.

Conceptual topic Enable Clients to Locate a Domain Controller in the Next Closest Site

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Back up the private key of the domain's Encrypting File System (EFS) recovery agent.

Conceptual topic Back Up the Private Key of the Domain's EFS Recovery Agent

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