Dynamics CRM 2013 Step by Step Part 2: Setting up Active Directory

Previously in the series we had seen how to make a Windows Server 2012 system up and running, if not take a look here Step by Step Windows Server 2012 Installation. Moving on, I would assume you have read the previous article and followed along.

The next step in order to install Dynamics CRM 2013 is create Server Roles. The One that we are actually interested in is “Active Directory Domain Services”. Follow the steps and configure the role.

Install Active Directory Server Role

  1. Go to Server Manager, it should already be open for you if you have just logged into the system.
  2. Next is to select the link that says “Add Roles and Features”
  3. You will see Add Roles and Features Wizard popping up on the screen.
  4. Click Next, you will now need to select the Installation Type.
  5. Select “Role-Based or Feature-Based Installation”.
  6. In the next window you will need to select the “Destination Server”. The Windows Server 2012 installation that you did in the previous post will show up in the Grid. Select it and Click Next.
  7. This is the window where-in you select which feature should be installed on the Server. Select “Active Directory Domain Services” and Click Next and then Install.

  8. You are done 🙂
Preliminary Step: You need to assign AD role to the server so that the Server will act as AD Server

Preliminary Step: You need to assign AD role to the server so that the Server will act as AD Server

Configure Active Directory

Once you are done with setting up the AD Role, you will actually need to confiure Domain now. The gallery below will guide you through the Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard.

User Accounts required for Dynamics CRM 2013

  1. Application Service: !svc.crm-app
  2. Deployment Web Service: !svc.crm-deployment
  3. Sandbox Processing Service: !svc.crm-sandbox
  4. VSS Writer Service: !svc.crm-monitoring
  5. Asynchronous Processing Service: !svc.crm-ap
  6. Monitoring Service: !svc.crm-monitoring

The account being used to Asynchronous Processing Service should be the part of Performance Log Users Group in the Active Directory.