DHCP Enabled........No

I have a Windows 2003 server and all of my computers (desktop XP OS) starting showing that the computer was offline and that the network cable had been unplugged.  I came to check my server to be sure that it had not powered down and to see if I could find anything wrong.  The only thing I can find is that if I pull up a command prompt and check ipconfig /all, DHCP Enabled is set to No.  I have stopped and started the DHCP service but that has not helped.  What can I do so that DHCP Enabled will be set to Yes?
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Does the server get a dynamic address or does it have one reserved in DHCP?  Most servers are configured to have static or reserved IP addresses and in those cases DHCP Enabled would be NO.
I would look to your DNS for the problem.  Can you ping from the server to a workstation (by IP and/or name)?  Do an IPConfig /all and post the results here.  And descibe how you have the DNS service configured (forwarders, listener...etc)
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scottspiveyAuthor Commented:
i did not set the server up so i am going to guess at some of your questions.  first, the server ip is and i am almost certain that it was assigned as a static ip.  how do i check to know for sure?

i cannot ping any of the stations from my server, but i can ping my router.  i cannot ping my router from any of my workstations.

i don't know how to copy the ipconfig /all results from within the comman prompt.

i don't have any idea how to check to see how the dns service is set up.  i will look around and see what i can find.
scottspiveyAuthor Commented:
i have looked at the dns and here are the settings that i see:

Interfaces is set to listen on all ip addresses and the ip address entered here is the ip of my server,

Forwarders in DNS Domain it has listed "All other DNS domains", and the selected domain's forwarder IP address list has the IP of my router:

Advanced has "BIND secondaries", "Enable round robin", "Enable netmask ordering" and "Secure cache against pollution" checked.

i don't know if this tells you anything or not.  i will check wherever you think there is information, but i am not a server person so i don't know where else to look.
List these for me from the server and a workstation:

IP address
Primary DNS IP
WINS IP (may not have this)

Does the server have more than one network card?  post info for both it sounds like the server deos have 2 and the one pointing to the WAN (outside) is working.  Post the above info
scottspiveyAuthor Commented:
Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : PCSERVER
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : ProspectusCentral.local
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : ProspectusCentral.local

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Network Connection
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-12-3F-47-F0-55
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :

i figured out how to copy from the command prompt
scottspiveyAuthor Commented:
when i look in device manager, the server only has one nic card

do you still nee the ip info from one of my workstations?
scottspiveyAuthor Commented:
here are two messages i found in the System reports in the Event Viewer.

The DHCP service failed to see a directory server for authorization.

The master browser has received a server announcement from the computer SCOTT-DESKTOP that believes that it is the master browser for the domain on transport NetBT_Tcpip_{23A5E715-F0F0-. The master browser is stopping or an election is being forced.
scottspiveyAuthor Commented:

it was a router issue.  i almost feel stupid that i didn't check there first.  we just applied a patch and it reconfigured some settings.  thx for trying to help.

I'm glad to see you solved the problem. But I still want to clarify something:
"The only thing I can find is that if I pull up a command prompt and check ipconfig /all, DHCP Enabled is set to No.  I have stopped and started the DHCP service but that has not helped."

The 'DHCP Enabled' option in IPCONFIG only shows whether a NIC gets the IP-address from a DHCP server (YES) or that it is staticly assigned (NO). It has absolutely nothing to do with the DHCP-service. Well, maybe a bit as you cannot run an DHCP service on a server with dynamicly assigned addresses, so DHCP Enabled should be NO on (at least) one NIC for the DHCP service to work.

scottspiveyAuthor Commented:

thx for the info.  until Mazaraat posted that about DHCP being no if the server has a static IP i did not know that was how it should be.  unfortunately i am not a server tech so i get lost working on them.

> "unfortunately i am not a server tech so i get lost working on them."
No problem, you've got your own qualities and we're here to help.
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