I know about the whole "There is no such thing as a stupid question" thing, but this, is a stupid question. This is not the first network I have set up, yet the same processes that were successful before (or possibly I missed something... definitately a possibility) aren't quite as successfull this time. So I am asking for help as I am going in circles.
Basic Steps to set up a Windows Server 2003 network with 5 PCs and 1 laptop and a DSL modem connected to a switch as follows:
1) Server has 2 NIC cards: NIC #1 goes from server to Switch.
NIC #2 goes from server to DSL modem.
Therefore, I should think, the server is acting as a DHCP client which “hands” IP addresses out for a certain amount of time unless otherwise specified as infinite.
2) All other PCs are running Windows XP and are connected by a single Ethernet cable directly to the Switch. There is no router/hub etc.
Problem: cannot get the server or the PCs an IP address. Message “Limited or no connectivity” is now my worst enemy on the planet earth.
- I gave NIC #1 on the server a static IP address.
o Any suggestions for a particular IP address to assign to this server would be welcome…
Active Directory is functioning. It was set up via DCPROMO (new tree/forest and the server is domain controller) and all users are set up with non-expiring passwords (I edited the password policy to bypass the password complexity requirement as per request by the customer). I had DHCP enabled and authorized and set up a scope of 192.168.2.100-120 for the addresses to be handed out. Before getting to the point where I even bothered excluding any IP address other than the server’s, I stopped and clear all my progress up until that point because something is wrong. I had DNS working.
The Network was functioning fine when given Static IP addresses which, quite obviously, though not to me, that something is not configured properly. It is this “something” that is stopping me from finishing off this network, which currently is in ruins. There are NO firewalls running at the moment (when I get the network up and running they will be installed and configured).
Before I left, I removed all services: DHCP, DNS, Print Server, File Server, etc. to start from scratch. I left the Active Directory.
I would like the server to allow ICS (stupid question, but should I use a router to provide internet?)
Any other questions.. please feel free.