I recently inherited infrastructure duties for a small startup I am working with. My traditional role has been development, so bear with me...
I was hoping to start off on the right foot, and get Active Directory up and running in Azure. I have followed the guides on Microsoft's TechNet for Installing an AD forest in an Azure VPN, and I have the following structure
Azure VPN, configured for Site-to-Site VPN with my local network, it shows as connected properly.
- Subnet: 192.168.5.0/24 HQNET
- Subnet: 126.96.36.199/24 Site-to-Site VPN Gateway
- Subnet: 188.8.131.52/24 Auth
- Subnet: 184.108.40.206/24 Apps
- Subnet: 220.127.116.11/24 Data
- Subnet: 18.104.22.168/24 Middle
I have Server 2012 R2 on an A1 Standard VM in the Auth subnet, IP 22.214.171.124. AD Install went great, started a new forest, everything seemed to work well. This VM was created with Username1/Password1, which is automatically added as a Domain Admin/Enterprise Admin when AD is installed.
I spin up a second Server 2012 R2 A1 Standard VM for replication purposes within the same Auth Subnet - IP 126.96.36.199, and create this VM with Username2/Password2. I then join this VM to the domain created with the first DC. After joining the domain, I attempt to promote this VM as a replica DC. It asks for credentials to perform this action, and I provide DOMAIN\Username1:Password1 as the credentials.
During the promotion process AD reaches a step where it is "Creating an NTDS settings object" on the parent AD VM, the installation stalls out at this step. According to this article here: Active Directory installation stalls at the "Creating the NTDS settings object", This is a result of either the domain credentials being the same as the local credentials? Or I have incorrectly provided the domain credentials to the installation.
I have deleted and recreated the VM many times, trying to perform the installation. I tried logging into VM2 as the domain admin, and performing the promotion. I have also tried just about every means of providing the domain credentials during the promotion (Username1@domain:Password1, DOMAIN\Username1:Password1, domain.com\Username1:Password1), no matter what the installation hangs. Each time I was careful to follow the steps in the article for removing VM2 from the forest on VM1 before trying to promote again.
I believe I am missing a step, or not seeing a small piece I am missing, but my inexperience is shining through.
What am I missing when promoting DC2 to a replica DC?