Windows Server 2012 new install set up as only domain controller cannot see domain controller


  • I had a Windows Server 8 Beta domain controller running just fine, and came in to upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Standard.  Of course, this has to be a fresh install from beta.  Server install works fine, but when I install AD and make the Domain Controller, I cannot access any AD controls.  I get errors "The specified name either does not exist or could not be contacted".  AD Service Center shows the domain (local) as offline, and cannot be brought online. 

    I read something about Sysvol and Netlogon not being shared properly, and about DNS not being correctly set up, but I'm not sure which direction to go.  Neither of these was an issue when I installed the beta, so I'm not sure why I'm having problems with this.  Of course, this is urgent.

    Thanks for any pointers.  I'll be glad to post any requested information.

    Sunday, November 25, 2012 9:30 PM