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Deploy an Active Directory Domain Controller on an Azure Virtual Machine

In this hands on-lab, you will learn how to set up the Azure environment in order to create and deploy an Active Directory domain controller on an Azure virtual machine from scratch.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 45m
Clock icon Jan 17, 2022

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Create a Virtual Machine

    Create a virtual machine with the following parameters:

    • West US region
    • Windows Server 2022 Datacenter image
    • Standard B2s size
    • Administrator account username and password (which will be used to log in to the virtual machine for configuration)
    • Standard SSD OS disk type
  2. Challenge

    Attach a Data Disk

    Attach a data disk for the Active Directory database and SYSVOL. The disk should be Standard SSD, 32 GB, and no host caching.

    Then, make sure that the IP is static and grab the subnet information for the virtual machine's virtual network to use when configuring the virtual machine.

  3. Challenge

    Configure the Virtual Machine

    On the newly created virtual machine:

    1. Configure the drive for SYSVOL and Active Directory database.
    2. Add the Active Directory Domain Services role.
    3. Create a new forest ( and promote the server to a domain controller.
    4. Complete the SYSVOL and Active Directory database configuration.
    5. Add a new Active Directory site named Tropical.
    6. Create a new subnet using the virtual network's subnet copied earlier and assign it to the Tropical site.
    7. Move the server from the Default site to the Tropical site.

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