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Join Windows 10 Pro to Server 2012 Essentials

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I have a windows 10 pro system and am trying to join it to a domain (Server Essentials 2012) this was setup prior to me but when I'm on the server the name is SERVER1. However I can't ping Server1 from the client computers that are joined. And I cannot join the new Windows 10 Pro computer to this domain. It doesn't see the domain, I cannot ping it via the Server1 name or the FQN either. When I go to the properties of the system on a connected computer the domain shows up as SOCOMPASSHOUSE and I tried that without success. I also was not able to use the connect computer feature that worked on prior versions (Windows 7). I've tried joining the machine using settings join a domain, but again it does not see the Server. When I use dslookup on the Windows 10 machine that command is not available. Any help here would be appreciated. Thanks
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It sounds like DNS on the computer is not set up correctly. Look at the properties again and verify that the DNS server set there matches the IP address for SERVER1. If it doesn't, change the DNS settings so it does, otherwise you'll never be able to join it to the domain.

What's most likely happening is the Router is configured as the DHCP source on the network there, and is configured to point clients to itself for DNS, and no one previously changed the settings on the router so it wasn't doing that. So people probably just set DNS statically and let IP addresses come from DHCP (it's possible to do this by leaving the IP address settings at "Obtain Automatically" and changing the DNS settings to "Enter Manually")
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