In an environment with many people relying on server access you never want down time because of a hardware failure. To help ensure your Domain Controller is always accessible, you’ll need at least two or more Domain Controllers. This is true with other services too as you don’t want a hardware failure taking out DHCP, Exchange or file servers. I’ll show you here how to add additional Domain Controllers to your network.
This guide aims to help you setup a learning “lab” environment for Windows Server 2016 and Active Directory Domain Services from scratch presuming only basic knowledge of virtual machines, networking and OS installation.
By the end of this guide you will have:
- Windows Server 2016 installed in a VM
- pfSense installed in a VM to isolate your lab network
- Active Directory Domain Services, DHCP and other required services running
- A Windows 10 VM on the domain