I have been having a random issue regarding joining a domain at my workplace. II am a programmer, not a network tech, so I struggle with these issues and would like my suspicion confirmed
In this case, I've been struggling with a workstation that will not allow our application, which resides on a Win 2003 server, to be accessed from the workstation.
One of the things I tried was to remove the workstation from the domain and then attempt to rejoin it. When I tried to rejoin it, I received a message saying the domain controller could not be found. I confirmed my connection by ensuring I could access sites on the internet. Also I was able to access folders on the same server where the domain controller resides.
I had a similar issue with another PC that was in a building a few hundred yards from where the server is housed, and I had a gut feeling it may have something to do with the Ethernet wiring between the PC and a hub there, so I had it replaced and then afterward I was able to access the domain controller. Problem solved.
Now with this second PC, replacing the wiring isn't so easy, as it is hung inside the wall with no plate to plug in to.
So I disconnected the PC and brought over to my own office, where I have several cables run for times where I need to do upgrades and re-installs. There, the workstation found the domain controller in a second or two and allowed me to connect without issue.
So I'm asking, should I consider faulty wiring to be the problem here?