You have a fresh installation of Windows Server 2012 that was installed using the default installation type of server core installation (no-GUI). This server will be the first domain controller in a brand new Active Directory forest.
Log into the server and launch PowerShell by typing “powershell.exe”. You’ll need to first add the AD-Domain-Services role to the server:
The installation of this role completes and a restart is not required:
Now to make this server the first domain controller in a new forest:
Install-ADDSForest -CreateDnsDelegation:$false -DatabasePath 'C:\Windows\NTDS' -DomainMode 'Win2012' -DomainName 'mikefrobbins.com' -DomainNetbiosName 'MIKEFROBBINS' -ForestMode 'Win2012' -InstallDns:$true -LogPath 'C:\Windows\NTDS' -NoRebootOnCompletion:$true -SysvolPath 'C:\Windows\SYSVOL' -Force:$true
The installation will go through several steps:
A restart is required when the installation is complete: