Exchange VM will not connect to Domain

I have a box running server 2012 with two VMs installed via hyper-v. One VM runs the Domain Controller and the other runs Exchange 2013 (which will not install because of the domain. When I try to join the domain on the Exchange VM, it won't recognize the domain. It asks for credentials, then after typing them in (using admin creds), the control panel freezes for a few minutes and then replies that it could not connect to the domain, or that the domain doesn't exist.

Is my domain just not setup correctly? Do I need to create a separate user besides admin?

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Casey WeaverManaged Services Windows Engineer IIICommented:
This sounds like a DNS issue. Is your VM using the domain controller for DNS?

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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
I would also agree that if you cannot add a server to the domain then it is likely misconfigured DNS or a firewall related issue blocking communication.

However, you stated that you get prompted for username and password, so that does mean it is making an attempt to add the machine to the domain. I suggest that you do the following...

- check that you cna ping your internal fqdn i.e. (this needs to be responding)
- check firewall on Exchange and DC, if enabled try temp disable it, try again
- make sure that you have an account that has proper permissions to add computers to the domain

daskas27Author Commented:
I am using it for DNS, yes.

I will check firewall and DNS settings and see what happens.

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