AD DS is required to provide authentication and act as a repository for configuration values for the Microsoft products and technologies that MDT uses, such as SQL Server 2008 R2 and Configuration Manager.

To install AD DS, run the DCPROMO Wizard to configure the computer as a domain controller. Install AD DS using the information in Table 5, accepting any defaults unless otherwise specified.

Table 5. Information for Installing AD DS

When prompted

Do this

For the domain type

Create a new domain in a new forest.

For the fully qualified domain name


For the forest functional level

Select Windows Server 2008 R2.

To install the DNS Server service as part of the domain controller installation process

Click Yes.


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Step 1: Prepare the Prerequisite Infrastructure