I'm having an issue installing Exchange Server 2007 on a newly created VM. The OS on the VM is Windows Server 2008 R2. The server is a DC as well as the mail server (I know it's not best practice, but budgetary constraints mandate I use the DC as the mail server as well). The server is fully patched, DNS is functioning properly, and the Active Directory Site has the DC designated as the GC.
Here is the problem. During the installation preparatory checks I get and error that a GC in the AD can't be found (See screenshot 1 in the attached file). Since I can't move forward with the installation, I try the help link that Exchange offers as a solution (see Screenshot 2 in the attached file). But following those steps leads me to CONFIRM that my DC is also a GC (See Screenshot 3 in attached file).
Checking the installation logs, it looks like everything is good until it goes to check for the DC. I've included the entire installation log entries in the attached file.
I've been working on this for the past two days. Any help is much appreciated.