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Installing Lync 2013 in Lab – Domain Controller Setup

Installing Domain Controller Server for Lync 2013 Server

The first and the foremost step while installing Lync 2010/Lync 2013 or Skype for Business 2015 is to create/install a Domain Controller server in your network. The steps below will teach “How to setup a domain controller server” and “How to join computers/servers with the domain controller in your network”.

Here are the steps:

Setting up Domain Controller Server:

  1. Go to your Server Manager
  2. Click on Add Roles and Features
  3. Click on
  4. Radio check “Role-based or feature-based installation” and click on
  5. Radio Check “Select a server from the server pool” and click on
  6. Check Box “Active Directory Domain Services” and click on “Add Features”
  7. Click on
  8. Click on Next
  9. Click on Next
  10. Click on
  11. Once the installation is finished, click on close
  12. Now we need to start configuring the Domain. Open Server Manager window and click on “AD DS” under dashboard.
  13. On the Right hand side of the window, click on “More…”
  14. Click on “Promote this server to a domain…”
  15. Radio check “Add a new forest”
  16. Root domain name : “” – Enter your domain name. For example: uccollabing.local and click on
  17. Enter DSRM (“Directory Services Restore Mode”) password and click on
  18. In the “Specify DNS delegations window”, just click on Next
  19. In the “NetBIOS domain name” window, just click on Next
  20. In the “AD DS database” window, just click on Next
  21. In the “Review your selections” window, just click on Next
  22. In the “Prerequisites check” window, just click on
  23. Once the installation is finished, you will see the result as “This server was successfully configured as a domain controller” and your system will automatically
  24. Once your server comes back online, you need to login to the server using the domain controller username and password”. As per our scenario example, it would be”uccollabing\Administrator” and then the Administrator
  25. Congratulations! Your server is now a Domain Controller. You now need other systems or servers to join this domain.

Joining Computers/Servers to the domain controller network:

  1. Let us join Lync2013 server with this domain. Login to the Lync server.
  2. Click on Start Menu, Right Click “This PC” and click on “Properties”
  3. Click on Change
  4. Click on
  5. Under “Member of”, Radio Check “Domain”
  6. Type the domain name “” and click on
  7. It will prompt you for “Username and Password”. Enter the domain server username and password and click on
  8. If successfully authenticated, it will give you a message “Welcome to the domain.”
  9. Click on OK
  10. Click on OK again
  11. Click on close
  12. You will be prompted to restart your system, click on restart now.

Congratulations! Your system has joined the domain. Once your system is back online, you can login to your system using the domain username and password.

That’s all! Similarly, you need to follow the same steps from step 1 till step 12 to join other systems/servers in your network.

Go back to – Step by Step Lync Server 2013 Installation & Configuration

Hope this helps!

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