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Thought I would ask here, maybe someone will enlighten me.

This is for my personal home server. The roles I am going to run are:

Active Directory Domain Services
Active Directory Certificate Services
DNS
DHCP
Windows Deployment Services
Network policy and Access services

Any particular order they should be installed?
 
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typing "dcpromo" in a command prompt will install it all for you. You just have to follow the prompts.

After the domain controller is setup; you can go back and other services as you please.
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Thought I would ask here, maybe someone will enlighten me.

This is for my personal home server. The roles I am going to run are:

Active Directory Domain Services
Active Directory Certificate Services
DNS
DHCP
Windows Deployment Services
Network policy and Access services

Any particular order they should be installed?

Hrm. Personally, I would do:

DCPromo to install ADDS, along with DNS and DHCP.
Then install ADCS.
Then install Network policy and Access Services
And leave WDS last.

Are you going to have more than one domain controller?
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Hrm. Personally, I would do:

DCPromo to install ADDS, along with DNS and DHCP.
Then install ADCS.
Then install Network policy and Access Services
And leave WDS last.

Are you going to have more than one domain controller?
Probably not, and on a side note I did go in that order =). I know I should be running a BARE minimum of two DCs, but its not crucial if the server goes down. There would be MAYBE two computers on the domain

Its just my personal home server. ADDS is just to play around with and authenticate my wireless users (Friends/Family/me).
 
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Probably not, and on a side note I did go in that order =). I know I should be running a BARE minimum of two DCs, but its not crucial if the server goes down. There would be MAYBE two computers on the domain

Its just my personal home server. ADDS is just to play around with and authenticate my wireless users (Friends/Family/me).
Yea, for a home setting, one DC is fine and just dicking around with it should be fine.

WDS and NPAS should be the last two to be done. You kinda need your PC's joined to the domain to be able to have them accepted by NPAS.

Do you have any non-windows wifi gadgets hooked up to the network such as iphones, linux htpc etc..?
    
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Yea, for a home setting, one DC is fine and just dicking around with it should be fine.

WDS and NPAS should be the last two to be done. You kinda need your PC's joined to the domain to be able to have them accepted by NPAS.

Do you have any non-windows wifi gadgets hooked up to the network such as iphones, linux htpc etc..?
All the wifi gadgets are not windows based. I just setup a security group and gave it permission for 802.1x. Then I just add member users to it. The router is running WPA2 AES.

I made a certificate for the WAP so its trusted on the domain. Works pretty awesome! I love NPAs cause I made it so you can only access during sane hours, not 3AM in the morning.
 
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Probably not, and on a side note I did go in that order =). I know I should be running a BARE minimum of two DCs, but its not crucial if the server goes down. There would be MAYBE two computers on the domain

Its just my personal home server. ADDS is just to play around with and authenticate my wireless users (Friends/Family/me).
That's exactly the same mentality I had a couple of years ago when I built my first domain. It was just me, literally. Granted, I had something like 5 client computers, but it was just one user. But the night that my AD got corrupted because of a power outage... well, it was one loooonnnngggggg night, lol.

If you do a regular backup of AD to something, you should be good. Not much data there to back up. You can do it to a flash-drive or something.
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