Unable to Contact Active Directory Domain Controller

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I have a thin client server that will not reconnect to a domain. I have reset tcpip and winsock. There is no entry in my internal DNS server. I can ping the server by ip because the ip is static but I cannot join a domain.

I keep getting the message, "An Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DC) for domain "My Domain" could not be contacted ."

I am running Windows Server 8 R2. I can go to the internet and ping DNS server, DHCP server, and gateway.

From other computers I can ping the troubled server by ip but not by host name. I added a manual A record in DNS and it still doesn't work. Any suggestions experts? Thanks in advance.
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1.  "nslookup serverIP"
2. check if the server is pointing to correct DNS server.
3. on cmd do "ARP -A serverip" and see if MAC address and IP is mapped correctly.
4. are you able to ping any other server by name or not
 and share the results.

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When I do the nslookup with the troubled computer ip, the host name is given I can tell it is based on the A record I put in DNS. When I run the ARP command, I get the message, "No ARP entries found".

I can ping other servers by hostname. I did get the server to see the domain by using the fully qualified domain name. When I tried to connect, it appeared successful but I got an error. I apologize I did not write the entire error down but it did join the domain. I will do some more testing tomorrow. I think it is fixed. Thanks for your help.

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