Windows 2012 R2 -- Main Domain Controller dead, promoting second domain controller issue...

Hey all, quick question, our main domain controller went poof and we have a second one that we are going to make the main domain controller now. The one that died held all the fsmo roles and was the one everyone pointed to for DNS. Now when I point the second domain controller to itself, it boots up, but the SYSVOL and NETLOGON directories do not exist and when I open ADUC, I get an error about " naming information could not be located because: The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted". DNS is up and running fine.

Is this normal? I would think not, but this is not the first time I've seen this. I've also seen this recently when testing a clients VMs offsite.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!!
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Muhammad BurhanManager I.T.Commented:
please verify that your new DC have GC 'Global Catalog'.
type in cmd
nltest /server:<servername> /dsgetdc:<domainname>

Open up Active Directory Sites and Services.
Expand the domain then each site.
Select each server in turn.
On the right pane, right click NTDS Settings and select properties.
There is a checkbox for Make this server a Global Catalog.  Check it to make the server a GC.
Allow sufficient time for the GC role to build up on the new server BEFORE trashing the old one.

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