I'm trying to get a windows server machine up and running for the first time. I installed the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system on the machine. Then I added the roles: Active Directory Domain Services, DHCP, and DNS. The problem I'm having is when I go to connect client machines to the domain (I've tried with a Windows 7 client and a Windows 8.1 client) I get the following error:
I'm totally stuck at solving this problem and I've been stuck for weeks now. I've done so many searches and tried so many different things that I ran out of things to try. I've tried multiple things that have worked for other people and they're not working for me. I don't know what I'm doing wrong
I'd describe what I've tried already but, being someone who's never installed a server before, I'd like to see how you gurus go about troubleshooting something like this and also what you have to say about it. I feel like this should be really easy.
How should I go about solving this problem?
Thanks in advance for you time and concern.