troubleshooting Question

Win.2013 DNS Screwed UP

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Maurice LFlag for United States of America asked on
Microsoft Legacy OSWindows Server 2003
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I have now a Windows 2013 Server that someone built a long time ago, it has been in use as a file server, it is an OLD, OLD Server but the owners do not want to go with a new one, so my task:
Repair the DNS on the server
Login all accounts to the server.
EASY?, not so fast..
The person that created the server had the brilliant Idea to name the server as:
my.first.server.com (name just changed for safety but XXXX.XXXX.XXXX.COM is real)
I have tried a few things but so far:
from a windows 7 pro:
Uder Computer Properties/ Change Settings
Either using Network ID or Change.
Trying the full domain name:
An active directory domain controller for the domain my.first.server.com could not be contacted.. etc.
The following error occurred when DNS was queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate an Active Dir. Domain Contrlr. for Domain my.first.server.com
The error was DNS name does not exist
error code 0x0000232B RCODE_NAME_ERROR
etc.

STRANGE ENOUGH, if I try with the WORKGROUP NAME: OurOFFICE
The computer is able to find the domain, asks for an account with admin rights then:
I enter my Admin Name and Password for the domain, then:
Message:
Computer Name/Domain Changes
The following error occurred attempting to join the domain "OurOFFICE"
An attempt to resolve the DNS name of a domain controller in the domain being Joined has failed. Please verify this client is configured to reach a DNS server that can resolve DNS names in the target domain. etc....

Now the server nslookup results:
Microsoft Windows [Version 5.2.3790]
(C) Copyright 1985-2003 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Maurice>nslookup
Default Server:  localhost
Address:  127.0.0.1

> nslookup my.first.server.com
DNS request timed out.
    timeout was 2 seconds.
Server: my.first.server.com
Addresses:  10.194.117.250, 10.194.117.251

> nslookup OurOFFICE
Server: servername.my.first.server.com
Addresses:  10.194.117.251, 10.194.117.250
Aliases:  OurOFFICE.my.first.server.com

DNS request timed out.
    timeout was 2 seconds.
*** Request to zacoalco timed-out
>

The computer is pointing to 10.194.117.251 as DNS (which of course closes the internet unless I add a secondary DNS after)

So my choices are:
- anyone that can help me guiding me to repair this mess.
- Maybe create a new zone?

Major issue is the domain name: my.first.server.com that I think is a mess trying to change, demoting/promoting etc. so is there a more viable solution top this mess...

Thanks for any insight.
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