Sorry about the basic question but I 'm a programmer forced into configuring a private network which I know nothing about.
We have 2 leased machines from a datacentre in the US. I have 2 NIC cards in each one for the datacebtre network and one directly linking the computers with a crossover cable. I have configured the machines to have their own private network by assigning them the IP 172.16.0.1 / 2.
Now I want the private network to operate as a windows network so I can share folders to the user, access DB's across the private network, replicate folders etc across the workgroup. Can I setup a private Domain that only these two computers can use and then will they still be able to operate normally with the datacentre LAN. Maybe I have this all wrong. Really I want to be able to log on as user on one PC and directly access shares on another without having to put in local machine user details or connect to a database on the other using windows authentication etc
When I try to setup a share now I get an error saying 'Duplicate name on the network change the name of the computer'. Now I'm very reluctant to do that as the name was allocated by the datacentre and I do not want to affect my main network connection. I imagine this error is because I have only one computer name but I'm connected to two networks hence the duplicate name.....?
Any guidence would be appreciated.