Why does VM Ware image refuse to see domain controller?

I need to create a test server/client environment inside a single VM Ware host. This is VM Ware Workstation v12. I have one image set as the domain controller and second one properly joined to the domain. The third image refuses to join the domain. I get the message that domain does not exist or cannot be contacted.  The domain controller is at The image that works is at The one that does not work is at DHCP is enabled on all and the two images that need to join the domain have DNS pointed to What can I try for this second image to get it to join the domain. Should I hard code all the IP addresses and turn off DHCP?
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Carl WebsterCitrix Technology Professional - FellowCommented:
What is the Network Connection Type? Bridged, Nat, Host Only ?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, for all your computers to join the domain, they ALL must be able to

1. ping the DNS server. (by FQDN and reverse trace route)
2. it helps if you set the DNS suffix to your FQDN

check IP Addresses and DNS set on ALL computers.

you can also use nslookup
rwheeler23Author Commented:
I really am confused as to the solution. Both images could ping the server AD and I tried adding the suffix and neither helped. Just for the heck of it I turned off the Advanced Firewall on the image that would not connect and then it worked. What is the connection?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Firewall Blocking...
rwheeler23Author Commented:
I thought firewalls block IP ports. What port does searching for a domain use ?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:

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rwheeler23Author Commented:
Thanks, another tool for the toolbox.
rwheeler23Author Commented:
Thank you.
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