How to Promote Domain Controller using IFM in Server2012

How to Promote Domain Controller using IFM (Install from Media) in Server 2012 R2

In this post, we’ll learn the steps to Promote Domain Controller using IFM (Install from Media) in Windows Server 2012 R2. In previous posts, we have learned the steps to promote Domain Controller using PowerShell command and  Additional Domain Controller (ADC). Using IFM for creating an ADC reduces the replication traffic this would be less time consuming because of less replication traffic.

Let’s take a scenario where we have two locations Site A and Site B. Assuming we have the Active Directory Domain Controller (DC01) in Site A and now Organization is planning to build another Active Directory Domain Controller in Site B (DC02). This new Active Directory Domain Controller would be part of the same Forest and Domain therefore it requires to replicate all the data from the DC hosted in Site A. This replication of data requires good bandwidth and it is time consuming depending on the size of data. By using IFM method we can build new Active Directory Domain Controller in Site B with less bandwidth.

Steps to promote Domain Controller using IFM in Windows Server 2012 R2

1. On DC01 open command prompt and type the command “ntdsutil“. It will give us access to manage Active Directory database. Now type “activate instance ntds” and hit enter. Type “ifm” and press enter. Now type a command “create sysvol full c:ifm“. In this command C:ifm is the location where we want to save the snapshot. Through this command, we can create a snapshot of the system volume of the current DC.

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