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Adding the first 2012 domain controller to a 2003 domain with No Microsoft DNS

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Hi guys,
I hope you are all well and can assist.

We have a 2003 domain with 2003 domain controllers.
We do not use Microsoft DNS (we use vital QIP)

We wish to add our first 2012domain controller to this domain.

We DO NOT wish to add DNS to this domain controller during promotion since we do not use Microsoft DNS.

This server is a member of the domain.
When I go ahead and try and promote this server to be a domain controller, on the page for DNS options, in the area where it says "Specify domain controller capabilities..", i choose to not select DNS to install.

I then try and select Next andit says it cannot locate a DNS Server.

I can ping the DNS server from the to-be domain controller, so im not sure how I can promote this 2012 server to be a domain controller without having to select DNS to install.

Any help greatly appreciated.
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On the 2012 DC do you have the DNS configured in the network connections on this server? Can you ping the DNS servers via name or any other DC's from this server by name?

Make sure DNS is pointing to your 3rd party DNS appliance and then try re-promoting. Also can you ping your FQDN domain.com?

Have you also prepared the domain and forest for the first 2012 domain controller?

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Hi will.
On the 2012 DC,
i can ping the DNS server.
I can ping the fawn also
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Are you pinging the DNS servers by name? If you can ping them by IP this does not mean DNS is working, simply means you are on the same network segment which is allowing you to ping. Ping via name not IP.

Will.
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Spec thank you for your help.
All is sorted now it was a DNS problem thank you.
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Perfect, glad to have helped!
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