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ADFS Windows server 2012 R2 Failing on - The target computer is not joined to a domain

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I am setting up ADFS on a windows 2012 R2 domain server; I am getting an error during running the Active Directory Federation Services Configuration Wizard.
The error is
The target computer is not joined to a domain. Only machines that are joined to a domain can be members of a AD FS farm.
The machine is a domain server and global catalogue and has been rebooted since joining the domain. The domain is Domain.local by default.
I have added the MyDomain.com as a UPN Suffix in the “Active Directory Domains and Trusts” and I can confirm I can log on as any user@MyDomain.com in the local domain.
Connect to AD DS step
The account being used to connect to AD DS is an Active Directory Administrator, though the profile is Domain.local\administrator name (I have used Domain.com\ administrator name and get the same error).
Specify Service Properties
I am importing a certificate setup for adfs.MyDomain.com (alternate enterpriseregistraion.MyDomain.com)
The import works fine.
Specify Service Account
I am using a group managed service account without any issues.
Specify Database
I am using the default, WID.
pre-requisite Checks fail on
The target computer is not joined to a domain. Only machines that are joined to a domain can be members of a AD FS farm.
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Is this a single forest setup or? Have you verified that everything is OK with replication and you can contact the other DCs with no problem?
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Yes, single forest, yes replication seems fine.
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I have migrated from SBS 2008 and all has gone well, moved to O365, wanted to get ADFS running for SSO.
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Vasil Michev (MVP) earned 500 total points
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Well, installing AD FS on a DC is somewhat a security risk, but other than that it's supported. Have you tried it on a member server? Or running the install via PowerShell?
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No, will try on member server. Wanted it all in one place a only a few boxes. Haven't tried using power shell thought i'd get same result.
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I am going to come back to this issue later, looking at the options either
1. use existing WS2012 box
2. get a box just for this ADFS function with WS2012R2
3. Use a 3rd party service.
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