New domain forest with server 2008 r2. Installed Active Directory. Now what?

I am installing a new server 2008 r2 server on a new domain/forest. I ran dcpromo and it finished succefully. Any other configuration (besides for users) need before it is usable? I remember by 2003 I had to set up forward looking and reverse looking dns zones. Does that have to be done here? Is there a good guide for what to do after AD is inatelled?

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About the DNS forwarders that's really dependent on youre ISP. Not all allow DNS lookups from there customers.

Now you have a working domain. Then there are things like DHCP and other services you can configure. But nothing you need to do. The domain should be working now.
Your DNS can use root hints (default) if you don't want to use ie. your ISP's DNS as forwarding.

Subnet(s) should be configured in Sites and Services if you are planning more sites.

Enable Recycle bin is optional but is handy.

You should also setup regular backups!

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Start adding computers and users. You should check to see if DHCP is installed. It probably isn't. Your forward DNS zone is running (otherwise you can't install AD). I would check for a reverse zone. Use group policies to manage your environment instead of making manual changes on each workstation and server.Over the years I have built up probably over 100 group policy objects in by domain. Each one does a small specific set of things.
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