Cannot join Windows 2003 Server to domain

Posted on 2006-05-01
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Does anybody know when you try to join a windows 2003 server over a VPN to VPN site and you receive a "Semaphore timeout period has expired". I'm using Netscreen Firewalls to establish a VPN to VPN. Works great. I can ping with no problems in both directions. I have an LMHOST file with the proper credentials to help the situation. I can resolve the DC AD Windows 2003 server. I do a trace route and it comes back clean. I have looked all over the net, the only thing I can find closely resembling the situation is the redirect registry timeout hack for NT 4.0. I look at the error logs and they are clean. My switch port and the NIC are both set for 100 Mbps Full Duplex. Either I have a network card that is just going bad but not showing any errors or there is a timeout that is going on with the connection that I need to lengthen within the Operating System. The Netscreen Firewalls are working just fine and not showing any errors. TTL is 126 with a return of 71ms on the nose with no problems. Ping brings back 100% of the packets.

Thank you

Question by:acrodriguez
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Hi acrodriguez,

it think from memory the best solution for this was to load a the DNZ zone locally on your to be DC.... i may be thinking of something else, but i think that was it

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I think this is due to TCP Window size over the VPN tunnel.

Check MTU and Window Sizes on each end to be sure they match.

You can do a DCPROMO and use media to load AD initially then allow replication to sync it up.

Here's how to do that:


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ah yes, that MTU size was the reso from another Q not DNS :)

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jay_jay 1 - for effort and comedic value!

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