Deploy a Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC)

45 minutes
  • 3 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

In this hands-on lab, you will learn how to create, stage, and deploy a Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC).

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Prepare the Environment

For this first objective, I want to test your knowledge. I have already created two virtual machines and configured the peering required between two virtual networks. Unfortunately, they are not seeing each other yet. For this objective, please complete the following:

  • Set the DNS server of new-vm to the main-vm private IP address.
Stage the Read-Only Domain Controller

In this objective, you will stage the Read-Only Domain Controller:

1) Access Active Directory Administrative Center on main-vm.
2) Pre-create a Read-Only Domain Controller account.
3) Administration should be delegated to cloud_user.

Promote the Read-Only Domain Controller

In this final objective, you will promote the new-vm server as a Read-Only Domain Controller:

  1. Access the new-vm server.
  2. Install the AD DS role.
  3. Promote the server to a RODC using the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Configuration Wizard.

Additional Resources


Welcome to Fiji! Our company, Sand, Sun, and Oddly Networking, Inc., is a global chain of luxury hotels that specializes in tropic locations. Concerned about the physical safety, the leadership team has requested that you create a Read-Only Domain Controller and deploy it in their tropical site.

WARNING: Be Prepared for UI Changes

Given the fluid nature of Microsoft's cloud tools, students may experience user interface (UI) changes that were made following the development of this hands-on lab that do not match up with the lab instructions. When any such changes are brought to our attention, we will attempt to update the content accordingly. However, if changes occur, students will have to adapt to the changes and work through them in the hands-on labs as needed.

What are Hands-on Labs

Hands-on Labs are real environments created by industry experts to help you learn. These environments help you gain knowledge and experience, practice without compromising your system, test without risk, destroy without fear, and let you learn from your mistakes. Hands-on Labs: practice your skills before delivering in the real world.

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