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I have a newly configured server with Windows Server 2012 on which I have added the Active Directory Domain Services to and created a new forest with a single domain tree. I also have a newly configured Windows 8 Professional box on the same network (2 switches, 1 wireless router that connects directly to a cable modem) and when I attempt to add the computer to the domain, it says that it cannot find or locate the Domain Controller for my domain. I tried this on a Windows 7 Ultimate box and it gave more information but basically related to DNS issues. Is there something special I need to do on the server or on the wireless router (DHCP) to allow my client PC's to find my AD server?

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I just changed the DNS settings on my client PC to the primary being the AD server and it was able to join the domain. What can I do to my wireless router so that these settings can stay at automatic? – Keith Sep 9 '12 at 19:45
Configure your wireless router to hand out the IP of the AD server as the auto-assigned primary DNS. – nedm Sep 12 '12 at 22:42
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You should make your Domain Controller your primary DNS and DHCP server. Then, instead of using your router as these things, simply use it as the default gateway instead.

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So, is it as simple as adding the DHCP role to my AD box? If so, what do I use as DNS on the AD box? I use Comcast as my internet provider. – Keith Sep 9 '12 at 20:36

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