Adding Servers to a Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Network

Level: Intermediate
Presenter: Eli the Computer Guy
Date Created: April 30, 2013
Length of Class: 20:02
Research Assistance:
Windows Server 2012
Install Windows Server 2012
Setup Active Directory and Required Services
Be Able to Add Client Computers to an Active Directory Domain
Purpose of Class
This class teaches how to add Windows 2012 Servers to a Windows 2012 Active Directory Network.
Class Notes
“Best Practice” states that each specific Server Service should have it’s own server. In the Real World a Single Server may be required to run 10 or more Services.
To Add A Server to the Domain
On Domain Controller Add New Computer in Active Directory Users and Computers
On New Server go to System — Change Settings — Click Change Button
Remember to Login as Domain Administrator
Once the Server has been added to the Domain you add services and configure functionality

Lab Setup Used in Demonstration
The ETCG Host Computer Specs are:
ASUS Model: CM6870US01
16 GB of RAM
1 TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
i7 3.4 GHz Intel Processor
Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller Virtual Machine
AD, DNS, and DHCP Domain Created
Internal Network Connection in VirtualBox
Windows Server 2012 Member Server Virtual Machine
Internal Network Connection in VirtualBox
Study Guide


21 thoughts on “Adding Servers to a Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Network

  1. hey can you please help me

    i know you don't dealing with that for a while
    but if you can help me i Would really appreciate it

    i create domain controller over win 2012

    i am trey to connect from my win 10 vm to the domin controller

    but i can't figure out what is the password to access the domain controller

    i try the administrator user name and the password

    but it is not work.

    do you have any idea?
    i have access to local admin account on the sever 2012
    and i can ping and remore to server 2012 from my win 10
    so i don't know

  2. I'm studying ccna 5 year course, and we are now installing windows server 2012 and configuration them. Weird that I have learned more from watching you than my actual teachers it's kind of sad tbh, but thanks anyhow.

  3. hi am a big fan but as i wanted to add a server i got this error

    Note: This information is intended for a network administrator. If you are not your network's administrator, notify the administrator that you received this information, which has been recorded in the file C:WINDOWSdebugdcdiag.txt.

    The domain name "SPORTSHD" might be a NetBIOS domain name. If this is the case, verify that the domain name is properly registered with WINS.

    If you are certain that the name is not a NetBIOS domain name, then the following information can help you troubleshoot your DNS configuration.

    The following error occurred when DNS was queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate an Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DC) for domain "SPORTSHD":

    The error was: "DNS name does not exist."

    (error code 0x0000232B RCODE_NAME_ERROR)

    The query was for the SRV record for _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.SPORTSHD

    Common causes of this error include the following:

    – The DNS SRV records required to locate a AD DC for the domain are not registered in DNS. These records are registered with a DNS server automatically when a AD DC is added to a domain. They are updated by the AD DC at set intervals. This computer is configured to use DNS servers with the following IP addresses:

    – One or more of the following zones do not include delegation to its child zone:


  4. Hello Eli, thank you very much for this tutorial.

    I tell you, I am a computer engineering student and I am studying to develop my final project. Broadly speaking this has to add a web server to an active directory network to control each computer in the network and send them commands, in turn they will send information back, something like communication by sockets.

    This are my questions:

    1) If I want to add a web server to the active directory network, does this necessarily have to be IIS? (Would this be the best option?)

    In case the first answer is a yes.

    2) Within IIS, can I program in node JS the logic of the application that will control each client computer of the active directory network? Or should I necessarily learn ASP.NET, C #, MSSQL, etc.?

    Thank you so much for everything.

  5. I am getting an error that says "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted." I am using Server 2016 as my AD-DS and trying to connect another Server 2016 to the domain.

  6. Eli the Computer Guy – I am trying to join a child domain controller located on a network located in India to a forest with top level domain (root) located in Australia / Sydney (Here). Is it possible to do that or does the CHILD Domain controller have to be on the same DOMAIN as the forest it's trying to connect to?

    I have heard that Site A is capable to connect to Site B (both sites are located on separate networks) I understand basics of forest, domains and child domains…

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