Recipe 2.1 Creating a Forest

2.1.1 Problem

You want to create a new forest by creating a new forest root domain.

2.1.2 Solution

2.1.2.1 Using a graphical user interface

Run dcpromo from a command line or Start Run.

On a Windows 2000 domain controller:

  1. Select Domain controller for a new domain and click Next.

  2. Select Create a new domain tree and click Next.

  3. Select Create a new forest of domain trees and click Next.

  4. Follow the rest of the configuration steps to complete the wizard.

On a Windows Server 2003 domain controller:

  1. Select Domain controller for a new domain and click Next.

  2. Select Domain in a new forest and click Next.

  3. Follow the rest of the configuration steps to complete the wizard.

2.1.2.2 Using a command-line interface

dcpromo can also be run in unattended mode. See Recipe 3.4 for more details.

2.1.3 Discussion

The act of creating a forest consists of creating a forest root domain. To do this, you need to use the dcpromo executable to promote a Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 server to be a domain controller for a new domain. The dcpromo program has a wizard interface that requires you to answer several questions about the forest and domain you want to promote the server into. After dcpromo finishes, you will be asked to reboot the computer to complete the promotion process.

2.1.4 See Also

Recipe 2.3 for creating a domain, Recipe 3.1 for promoting a domain controller, Recipe 3.4 for automating the promotion of a domain controller, and MS KB 238369 (HOW TO: Promote and Demote Domain Controllers in Windows 2000)



Active Directory Cookbook
Active Directory Cookbook, 3rd Edition
ISBN: 0596521103
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 456

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