I learned the steps below when I was configuring Amazon Workspaces Windows 10 to do Active Directory Administration. I was avoiding to RDP to the AD Domain Controller to lessen the impact when I make adjustments that is why I needed the Active Directory Management Tools inside my Amazon Workspace.
Note: It is best if your Windows Server is already joined to an Active Directory Domain.
Step-by-step Instruction to Install Active Directory Administration Tools
Nowadays, websites can know which version of Windows you are running and would only give you one link to download the installer. Sometimes, it is not that easy like how I installed Visual Studio Code for all Users in Windows which gave me lots of options, Windows, Linux, Mac, 32-bit or 64-bit versions.
It is important to download the correct version of the installer or else it might not work correctly with your system.
To see what architecture your Windows Operating System is running, see the different ways below.
3 ways to check if your Windows Architecture is 64-bit or 32-bit
After setting up an Active Directory (AD) on our Windows Server it is advisable to have another server to be a Secondary Active Directory Domain Controller to become the failover for Active Directory in case something happens to the first AD Server.
Below is a detailed tutorial on how to properly set up a Secondary Active Directory Domain Controller on Windows Server 2016.
Primaryrefers to the first Windows Server that we setup Active Directory with.
Secondaryrefers to the the Second Windows Server we will set Active Directory. This is what we will setup here.
The very first thing I do after installing Active Directory (AD) on Windows Server is to change the password of my AD Administrator. I do this because I use Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 as my servers and AWS automatically generates the password for my Windows Server.
The AD Administrator is a very powerful user for Active Directory as you can restrict or open capabilities to other users and computer, install/uninstall programs and can even shut down any member computer using the Admin user. That is why you should really keep your AD Administrator User password in a safe place.
Whatever the reason you have for wanting to change the password of your AD Administrator below is a step-by-step tutorial on how to change it.
Login to your Windows Server.
Click on the Window Icon on the bottom-left and click on Server Manager.
Click on Toolsthen Active Directory Users and Computers.