Server cannot join a windows 2003 domain, "semaphore timeout"
Posted on 2008-10-01
I am trying to join a windows 2003 server 64 bit enterprise edition workstation on a freshly installed vmware instance to a windows 2003 domain controller 64 bit enterprise edition. The domain controller is also a clean install on a physical server. Both servers are equally patched with service pack 2.
The workgroup server can ping the domain controller by ip and FQDN. ( a host file entry was also added to the workgroup server) I run steady pings on both machine, and there are no timeouts. I don't see anything in the windows event logs. After supplying the domain admin credentials during the domain join, the system hangs and eventually gives the error message "semaphore timeout" . Microsoft has a few articles on this, which appear to hardware related - possible issues in the nic cards and network switches not auto-negotiatiating the correct port speed and duplex. I tried manually changing these on both machines. I restarted the netlogon service on the domain controller. The dns entries on the dc are correct.
Any help is appreciated