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One of the things we can do with our newly installed machine is to promote it to a domain controller for the domain SRO-LH.local.

As the machine is running Server Core, we’ll have to do it the hard way… via command-line. Indeed the interactive version of dcpromo.exe is not available in the Server Core edition of Windows Server 2008.

In order to do this, we need to prepare an answer file that will contain all information required for the dcpromo process.

To get information on the syntax of the answer file, I used a Windows Server 2003 installation CD (as the information is not available on the Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 installation media).

In the folder D:\support\tools, locate and expand the file deploy.cab:

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Within the deploy.cab file, open the ref.chm file and browse to the Unattend.txt section of the help file. That’s where you can find all the…

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