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Active Directory test network, unable to add client to domain

Last Modified: 2019-12-13
Hi -- I'm setting to set up a home AD network.  Got two computers (so far) and have installed AD and DNS on the server.  

Problem:  When I try to add the client to AD, I get the error: "An Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DC) for the domain, "the shire.local" could not be contacted. The error was: "DNS name does not exist."  (error code 0x0000232B RCODE_NAME_ERROR)

I did install DNS on the server, and added a reverse lookup record for the client (  Details:

1)  AD Domain = theshire.local
2)  Domain Controller (WinSrv2019) = Gandolf
3)  Client (Win10) = Frodo
4)  Both Gandolf and Frodo connect to the Internet via an xFinity router.
5)  On the router, I created static IPs for both computers:

- Gandolf (WinSrv2019) =
-  Frodo (W10) =
-  Router (xInfinity default IP) =

Should I drop back and punt...and set the IP for the Server to and for the client and just use a private network?  If so, how would these computers be able to connect to the Internet for updates?  I could add the router's IP as the Gateway...

Thank you!
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