Wednesday 27 January 2016

Installing and configuring Active Directory entirely with PowerShell

Creating a new Active Directory for a test environment is something I seem to have to do multiple times a week. I hope to never have to do it the long way with the GUI again.

The following PowerShell commands installed AD DS and creates a new forest/domain called “”. You are prompted for the AD Restore Password, the rest is automated.

Import-Module ServerManager
Add-WindowsFeature AD-Domain-Services
ADD-WindowsFeature RSAT-Role-Tools

Install-AddsForest -DomainName -CreateDnsDelegation:$false -DatabasePath "C:\Windows\NTDS" -DomainMode "Win2012R2" -DomainNetbiosName "DOMAIN" -ForestMode "Win2012R2" -InstallDns:$true -LogPath "C:\Windows\NTDS" -NoRebootOnCompletion:$false -SysvolPath "C:\Windows\SYSVOL" -Force:$true