How to setup a Server Core Domain Controller?

Here are some steps on setting up a Server Core as a Domain Controller.

1. Setup a static IP address

At the command prompt, type

netsh interface ipv4 show interface

Make sure to write down the Idx number of the Network adapter that you want to setup a static IP address to.

Now, type at the command prompt

netsh interface ipv4 set address name=”<Idx number>” source=static address=<Your Static IP> mask=<The Subnet Mask> gateway=<The Default Gateway>”

2. Rename Host name

At the command prompt,

netdom renamecomputer <Old Computer Name> /NewName:<New Computer Name>

* Note: To find out your current computer name you can type ‘whoami’ at the command prompt

3. Create an Unattend.txt file

At the command prompt, type

notepad c:\unattend.txt

This will open up the Notepad application and if the unattend.txt doesn’t exists, it will give you the option to create it.



For a list of the switches, you can type ‘dcpromo /?:promotion’

4. Create new domain

At the command prompt, type

dcpromo /unattend:c:\unattend.txt

That is it. Now you have created a new forest and a new domain for network. Enjoy!