Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) relies on properly configured TCP/IP and Domain Name System (DNS) client settings to function. You have to configure these settings on the IP version 4 (IPv4) and IP version 6 (IPv6) properties for all the physical network adapters for the server that will become the domain controller. The Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard detects whether any TCP/IP or DNS client settings are not properly configured. The wizard does not proceed with the installation until the settings are correct.

For TCP/IP, this means that each of the physical network adapters for the domain controller must be assigned a valid IP address. You should always use a static IP address for each network adapter so that clients can continue to locate the domain controller if the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server or the DHCP service is not available or if the domain controller is assigned a different IP address by the DHCP server in the future.

Configuring TCP/IP and DNS Client Settings

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To configure TCP/IP and DNS client settings
  1. On the Initial Configuration Tasks page that appears when you first start the server, under Provide Computer Information, click Configure networking.


    1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click View network status and tasks.

    2. Click Change adapter settings.

  2. Right-click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties.

  3. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Yes.

  4. In the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box, click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) as necessary, and then click Properties.

  5. Click Use the following IP address, and then type the static IP address for the server.

  6. Click Use the following DNS server addresses, and then type the IP address for the preferred DNS server and, if one is available, the alternate DNS server.

    If you plan to install the DNS server role on the server, specify the IP address of this server as the preferred DNS server.