Is dcpromo gone for good? Well it is in the latest Windows Developer Edition of Microsoft Server 8. The team at AdminNation.com decided to try and install Active Directory. We noticed right away Dcpromo no longer worked. Instead you are greeted with a message stating:
The Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard is relocated in Server manager.
Excuse me? Umm, OK. I guess I can install AD with Server Manager.
I mean who doesn’t love using Server Manger? It’s great! Especially if you enjoy a screen popping up every time you log into a server, not having every function you need available, and the fact Microsoft is choosing how you are going to administer your server. All we can say is, thank goodness for PowerShell. Here are some screens shots of us installing Active Directory on Windows Server 8.