Does the server hung up only if you start as second node?
What about if you start this instance as first?
Does it happens to a clean (fresh) JBoss?
Please post a bit more information ...
A thread dump might help (use -> kill -QUIT java_process_id on Unix) depends on how you start JBoss where you will find the output.
We have 6 nodes of jboss.
First time all 6 nodes started and worked fine.
But due to some reason we needed to take node1 down.
And while restarting node1 it started hanging on startup.
When we take all other nodes down then node1 started properly.
i am curious to know why this happens.