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Deploy the Domain Controller for your Extended Environment in a PrivateDomain

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Background:  In this procedure, we will walk through deploying a new virtual machine on the CloudConnect platform, promoting it to a Domain Controller, and joining it to an on-premise or preexisting domain to extend an on-premise environment. As a prerequisite, a VPN tunnel must exist between the CloudConnect Org VDC Network and the existing on-premise network. For more information, see: Create a VPN Tunnel (PrivateDomain)

Process: Begin by accessing your organization's vCloud Director instance.

1.) Open the PrivateDomain's virtual datacenter.

2.) Navigate to vApps and select NEW VAPP.

3.) Name the vApp 'DomainControllers', and select 'Add Virtual Machine.'

4.) Give the new domain controller an appropriate Name and Computer Name, select its Type as 'From Template', and enable the 'Power on' checkbox. Select Windows Server 2019 Standalone from the set of available templates, and click 'OK' to deploy the VM.

5.) Access the newly created vApps' Details.

6.) Navigate to the 'Network Diagram' tab.

7.) Select 'Add Network.'

8.) Select the 'Domain Controllers' OrgVDC Network, and click 'Add.'

9.) Navigate to the Details of the newly deployed Domain Controller VM.

10.) Navigate to the 'Hardware' tab.

11.) Navigate to the 'NICs' section, and ensure that NIC 0 is Connected, select the Domain Controllers Network, and set the IP mode to Static - IP Pool.

12.) In the 'Guest OS Customization' tab, and ensure the following settings are enabled:

  • Enable guest customization
  • Change SID
  • Allow local administrator password
  • Auto generate password
  • Enable this VM to join a domain
  • Override organization's domain

Fill the 'Domain Name', 'Username', and 'Password' fields with proper information/credentials for the on-premise/existing domain.

13.) Click 'Save.'

14.) In the VM's actions, select 'Power On and Force Recustomization.'

18.) Open a console to the VM. During this time, Guest Customization will take place and the VM may reboot multiple times.

19.) Wait 10-15 minutes until the on-premise/existing Domain Controller shows that the newly deployed CloudDC is joined to the domain.

20.) Log into the newly deployed Cloud DC and select 'Add Roles and Features' from the Manage menu in Server Manager.

20.) Select 'Active Directory Domain Services' upon reaching the 'Server Roles' step, then click 'Next' to continue.

21.) Click 'Install' to begin the installation, and wait for completion.

22.) Click 'Promote this server to a domain controller.'

23.) Select 'Add a domain controller to an existing domain,' and verify that the correct domain and user account are specified. Click 'Next' to continue.

24.) Specify a DSRM password. You can use either the same password from the existing Domain Controller, or a different one. Click 'Next' several times.

25.) Click 'Install,' and wait for installation to complete.

26.) Reboot server.

27.) Verify that the new Domain Controller is recognized in Active Directory.

Congratulations! The new Domain Controller has been deployed and joined to your existing environment. For steps regarding activation of the Domain Controller, see: Activate the Domain Controller for your Extended Environment (PrivateDomain)

Applies to: CloudConnect Partners