I am trying to migrate a Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials (this is an installed server not a role). I get to Step 2 of "Install Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials as a new replica domain controller:
On this page I get to item 2 "2.To install Windows Server Essentials as a replica Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controller in an existing domain as global catalog, follow instructions in Install a Replica Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller in an Existing Domain (Level 200)."
This takes me to this page: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574134.aspx
In the Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard (ADDSCW) I select Add a domain controller to an existing domain. Click Next enter in the administrator credentials and domain. Clicking Next I get the following error "An Active Directory domain controller for the domain "mycompany.local" could not be contacted"
More info supplies the following info: Ensure that you supplied the correct DNS domain name. The 2003 server can be pinged by name and resolves to the correct IP address.