As part of the risual education infrastructure technician portfolio, we as Microsoft Certified Trainers must provide technical training in several IT-related qualifications. One of these is Microsoft Cloud Fundamentals.
As part of this, several learners during class had said that they use Active Directory but a lot of them were not particularly confident with it and a significant majority had never set it up nor used it alongside Microsoft Azure – it had all been on-premise and this got me thinking, could I demonstrate how I’ve set up Active Directory in class? I went away and decided to teach myself a good process and document it to follow as a class.
Firstly, I decided I should purchase a domain. I had a look online at several domain registrars, and I decided to buy aglearning.co.uk. I then
As it was running Windows Server 2016, I opened the server manager and navigated to the ‘local server’ tab. Once I’d done this, I’d selected “workgroup” and selected domain so I could join it to the domain. I got an error saying that the domain could not be contacted, and it failed. I restarted the virtual machine. I then repeated this process and it asked me for a domain administrator account which I used to join the virtual machine to the aglearning.co.uk domain.
I was able to also install Active Directory Domain Services and promote the server to a domain controller, where I could then control user accounts through Active Directory Users and Computers.