This is sort of convoluted, and I am in over my head, but still been asked to resolve...
We have an active directory network, administered by a server who's raid controller card is fried currently as of two nights ago. Among the machines on the network is box that takes care of financial transactions - the clients usually see this as a mapped drive letter that an icon on their desktop accesses and starts a program on that particular box. Now that the server is down, we get a message about this resource is already in use or there is not a server that can provide logon rights (or something to that effect). The systems are still up on the domain, I am guessing through cached information, but I am unsure what will happen when the IP licenses start expiring.
My big problem is this - how can I get two or three of the client systems to see this financial system? Can I insert an IP directly into the desktop shortcut to bypass the domain controller? It has not worked yet, but I know I don't know what I am doing. My current idea is to take the necessary boxes off the network and use a router to set up a temporary network, reset the machines to access a workgroup, and work off of that. Pretty labor intensive, but I am out of ideas.
Please help!! Thanks in advance.