Last time I posted about how you can use Windows Azure to setup a test lab for yourself without the need to spend anything or have any hardware lying around to play with.  In this video I show you how to take that one step further and build your first Domain Controller in your first forest, which is generally an essential step in any test lab.  The steps in this video are exactly the same if you want to do this same thing with your own hardware on-prem by the way.

If you do want to do this on-prem you’ll need to download the Windows Server 2012 Evaluation.