With the GA release of Server 2012 and now the ability for TechNet subscriptions to download the RTM versions of Exchange 2013 I am building a new lab for Office 365 vNext to do a full Office 365 Hybrid deployment with Server 2012 and Exchange 2013 and the Customer Preview of Office 365 vNext. My first step was to get a public domain registered, O365VNext.com, and now have a forest/domain created on-premises, the DC is running as a VM in my Windows 8 Hyper-V environment (how very cool it is to be able to enable Hyper-V with Windows 8 and not need to either dual boot to Server 2012 or add anything else to my company laptop is great!). I installed the server VM to host the DC role and then added the Active Directory Directory Services Role. Below are the screen shots to setup a domain with Server 2012:
- Selected a new Forest and created the Root domain name to match my new public domain registration.
- Set the Forest and Domain functional level to Server 2012 and selected to add DNS server and set a DSRM password
- Get a warning about delegation, I wish they would have fixed this as this is a carryover from 2008 R2; Microsoft should not warn this for a new Forest
- Accepted the NetBIOS name and continued
- Choose to accept the defaults, this is a lab and would recommend for production you might want to move the folder locations
- Reviewed all the setting and configuration settings, Below is the output from the "View script" option
- This is the script that can be saved and re-used for additional automated DC installs
- After selecting from above, the wizard does a prerequisite check
- Got some warnings, mainly around DNS, but got an "all prerequisites checked passed successfully, so I moved forward with install
- Install in progress, notice the warning about Server 2012 AD default security settings
- More progress warnings!
- So I stepped away from my laptop and since the DC promo install automatically reboots the server I missed any further screen shots. I made came back to my VM at a login prompt, but now it defaulted to a domain login for the DC!
My new domain in now setup and the DC is functional. I am working on the next step, which is to get the Exchange 2013 Server installed and ready. This will be part 2 of this blog series. Be sure to check back and will continue with the deployment and setup for a full Hybrid Deployment using Exchange 2013 with the Office 365 vNext!