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The Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 Core Network Guide provides instructions for planning and deploying the core components required for a fully functioning network and a new Active Directory® domain in a new forest.

Using this guide, you can deploy computers configured with the following server roles and technologies:

  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) server role
  • Domain Name System (DNS) server role
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server role
  • Network Policy Server (NPS) role service of the Network Policy and Access Services server role
  • Web Server (IIS) server role
  • TCP/IP connections on individual servers

This guide also serves as a foundation for companion guides that show you how to deploy additional technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.