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How do I configure my Active Directory for the very first time (After fresh installation)?

Shaji asked

I have installed the active directory and want to configure it (such as users, groups etc). How do I go about it step by step?

Please help.
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Leroy LuffHead of IT & DIgital
Hi Shaji,

1. You need to either create a domain or join server to existing domain after AD install
For versions earlier than 2012 this can be done by running dcpromo.exe and following the wizard
In 2012 you can do this at post installation tasks in server manager.(click on the flag)
2. You need to open Active Directory Users and Computers. This can be found in the start menu.
3. From this snap-in you can manage users and groups.


Thanks Leroy, is there any quick setup guide available from where I can configure my AD step-by-step? Please note that, I don't want a comprehensive guide running 100's of pages but a concise and brief guide if available.

Your solution is fine and I do really appreciate it.
Your question is very broad. Depending how far through the setup you are, this might help:
There's a reason for IPD Guides from Microsoft that contain tons of information on decisions that you should have made prior to actually doing the AD installation.

If you are just learing AD or if this is for a business, you may want to start here:  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=157704


Thanks tmassa99. These documents are really useful