This article is written for those who were searching for a detailed and simple for the understanding guide on how to configure Windows Server 2012 R2.

We will consider the case when you already have a server with Windows Server 2012 R2 installed on it.

You can read more about how to install Windows Server 2012 R2 in my guide «Installing Windows Server 2012 R2». You can learn how to install Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2012 R2 by reading «Installing Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2012 R2».

I always recommend using English editions of Windows Server. As practice shows, the original (English) versions of Windows work more stable, moreover, it will be easier for you to communicate in the same language with professionals in case of problems or if you want to exchange experiences.

Let’s give the server the correct name in accordance with the standards of your organization.

Go into the system under an account with administrator rights.

On the keyboard, press the key combination “Win” and “X”, then select “System” in the menu that opens.

Next, in the “System” window, in the “Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings” section, click on the “Change settings” button.

In the “System Properties” window on the “Computer Name” tab, click on the “Change” button.

I strongly recommend that you consider in advance how the servers in your organization will be called.

Next, specify the new server name in the “Computer Name” field and click on the “OK” button.

The system will warn that to apply the new settings, you must restart the server.

Click on the “OK” button.

Now let’s allow access to the server desktop via the RDP protocol.

Go to the “Remote” tab and select “Allow remote connections to this computer”.

Click on the “OK” button.

Click on the “Apply” button.

Now the system will offer to restart the server for the new settings to take effect.

Click on the “Restart Now” button.

Let’s specify the correct time zone.

Go into the system under an account with administrator rights.

On the keyboard, press the key combination “Win” and “X”, then in the menu that opens, select “Control Panel”.

Select “Set the time and date”.

Next, click on the “Change time zone” button.

Select the time zone in which the server is located, and click on the “OK” button.

In the “Date and Time” window, click on the “OK” button.

Now, let’s specify the regional standards.

Go back to the “Control Panel” and select “Change date, time, or number formats”.

In the “Format” menu, select the country in which the server is located, and go to the “Location” tab.

In the “Home location” field, select the country in which the server is located, and go to the “Administrative” tab.

Next, click on the “Copy settings” button.

Check the box “Welcome screen and system accounts” and the item “New user accounts”.

Click on the “OK” button.

Next, click on the “Change system locale” button.

In the “Current system locale” field, select the country in which the server is located, and click on the “OK” button.

The system will prompt you to restart the server for the new settings to take effect.

Click on the “Restart Now” button.

Next, the server will restart.

Now you need to assign a static IP address in the network connection settings.

After rebooting the server, log into the system under an account with administrator rights.

On the keyboard, press the key combination “Win” and “X”, then in the menu that opens, select “Network Connections”.

Now right-click on the “Ethernet” network connection and select “Properties”.

Select “Internet Protocol Version 4” and click on the “Properties” button.

Next, select “Use the following IP address” and specify a free IP address, subnet mask and gateway. Please note that you must understand in advance how your network is structured and know which IP addresses are free.

In the “Preferred DNS server” field, specify the IP address of your DNS server.

This guide identifies the DNS server that is located on the domain controller.

You can learn how to install Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2012 R2 by reading «Installing Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2012 R2».

Click the “OK” button.

In the “Ethernet Properties” window, click on the “Close” button.

Now let’s add the server to the domain.

On the keyboard, press the key combination “Win” and “X”, then select “System” in the menu that opens.

Next, in the “System” window, in the “Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings” section, click on the “Change settings” button.

In the “System Properties” window on the “Computer Name” tab, click on the “Change” button.

Next, in the “Domain” field, specify the domain into which you want to add the server, and click on the “OK” button.

Specify the username and password for an account that has the right to add computers to the domain.

For example, a domain administrator has these rights.

Click on the “OK” button.

The server was successfully added to the domain.

Click on the “OK” button.

The system will warn that to apply the new settings, you must restart the server.

Click on the “OK” button.

In the “System Properties” window, click on the “Close” button.

Now the system will offer to restart the server for the new settings to take effect.

Click on the “Restart Now” button.

On the domain controller in the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, you can see the server that you added to the domain. It will appear in the Computers container.

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Hi, I’m Vladimir Mikhalev, but my friends call me Valdemar. I have a lot of experience in the design and maintenance of various information systems. On my website, you will find detailed and clear guides for setting up IT solutions. Dive into the ocean, full of positive and technology! For cooperation: callvaldemar@gmail.com

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