troubleshooting Question

Can't find ad - non existent domain using nslookup

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VirtualizationWindows OSNetworkingDNSWindows Server 2012
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My domain has been set up for years and working fine.  Today when I tried to join a new vm running Server 2012 to the domain, I got the error "The following error occurred attempting to join the domain The network path was not found." I also tested a computer running Windows 10 and same issue.

I'll be honest b/c I just want the fix.  Yesterday I had set up another vm and it joined successfully, it had the Remote Desktop Services role and somehow in Server Manager I added a DNS server to manage under Manage > Add Servers > DNS.  I don't know why I did this and think i got distracted.  Then I didn't need that vm and deleted it.  Did I confuse DNS?

I've searched everywhere and feel like all of my DNS records are fine. PTR, GC, everything. I've got forward and reverse lookup zones. I have my DomainDnsZones, ForestDnsZones set up, I haven't' changed a thing. But this issue didn't happen until I added the server to manage under Server Manager. I think my Reverse Lookup Zone is right.  I have the NS record type, the SOA record type and then all the PTR for the computers on the domain.

When I do a nslookup ad on the server I'm trying to join the domain, I get this, but it sees my DC and the correct IP.

Address: 172.X.X.X
*** can't find ad: Non-existent domain
Greg Stringer

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