how to configure DNS for peer to peer on Windows 2000 Pro Workgroup - not on internet - using static IPs
Posted on 2004-08-18
I have a new client with a network of 5 Windows 2000 Professional computers, one acting as a server for customized client-management software (program and data). It had been configured with the server assigned 192.168.0.1 and the other client computers 192.168.0.2, etc. Whoever set it up originally had the 0.1 set in the gateway and DNS fields as well on each of the machines including the server.
Recently, they had a hard-drive failure on the server, which is about where I came in. I configured it as nearly to the way it had been (as far as I was able to determine), but I am ending up with 'browser' errors and recently dnscache errors. They also had NWLink IPX/SPX installed, so I installed it as well. (not sure if it was there unnecessarily, but ...). The browser errors lead me to suspect it is a DNS issue, but as I have recently learned that Windows 2000 Pro does not do DNS, I am uncertain how to handle that part of the configuration. My previous set-ups have always used a router to do dhcp, or in one or two instances I have been configuring Windows 98 computers to connect using static IPs to a Linux server (administered by someone else).
What I would really like to have is a clear idea of the network settings to configure. Will I need to do anything with the Hosts file?
Thanks in advance.