Can we create a domain controller on an Azure Virtual Machine?

Lucas Budas 261 Reputation points
2024-03-30T13:17:39.85+00:00

Is it possible to promote a domain controller on an Azure Virtual Machine? We have several Azure virtual machines and wish to join them to a domain.

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  1. Thameur-BOURBITA 32,496 Reputation points
    2024-03-30T13:30:28.5066667+00:00

    Hi @Lucas Budas

    If you want create new domain, yes it's possible. You can also use Entra Domain Services managed domain for virtual machine in Azure to avoid creating new domain.

    If you want promote a new domain controller in a existing domain , you should configure VPN between Azure and on-premise network to ensure AD replication.

    Please take a look at this article if you have a existing domain:

    Tutorial: Create a site-to-site VPN connection in the Azure portal


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  1. Andreas Baumgarten 95,181 Reputation points MVP
    2024-03-30T13:24:44+00:00

    Hi @Lucas Budas ,

    yes this is possible.

    A step-by-step description you will find here: How to Deploy a Domain Controller in Azure

    I would recommend to add a small data disk (4 GB) with disabled host cache to store the NTDS folder.

    This can be done during the creation wizard of the Azure VM or later before installation of the AD service.


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    Regards

    Andreas Baumgarten

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