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Background:
W2003 SBS runs as DC and file server...
2 SP Pro workstations on domain...
This is a practice system I have at home...
All mapped drives are hard mapped, no log on scripts...

Problem...
The same problem I posted here... http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_21979228.html ...
Started all over again...

I can log into my primary workstation on domain but I have no access to any mapped drives...I cannot map any drives...
I had 4 mappings previously set...
I can ping my server...
I cannot attach to server thru run...\\server\c$ etc...

I can change my pw in DC and it will force me to change my login on workstation...proveing the server is controlling the login and thusly, the workstation is connected to the server...

From my primary workstation, will get out on Inet, but not a lot of places...I can go into Yahoo, but not into my Yahoo email...nor can I get to any yahoo links...I can go to CNN.com and all links are active...I can roam around at will...I CANNOT get into Experts Exchange...

Last time I had this problem...I rebuilt both workstations end of Sept......the secondary workstation is still working fine...but this primary workstation is messed up again...Last time I had to rebuild BOTH workstations to get them working...

I normally run Trend Micro, Webroot Spysweeper and Sygate firewall...I removed TMicro and installed NOE\D32, did a scan and it found 4 trojan downloaders...but I don;t think virus is my problem...


This morning I did a repair install and now things are worse...I CANNOT ping my router or my server...

AND, I just checked my secondary workstation, it gets out in the Inet, but I cannot ping either the router or server...

I am bigninng to wounder if my switch might be going bad...it's a 16 port Netgear...

I also just tired to join another workstation o\to the domain, and the login screen pop sup, but it won;t join...

Maybe server issues???

I am really flumfloxed at this...

Looking for ANY suggestions of anything that might be wrong...

Thanx
Steve
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Sounds to me like you have some serious DNS configuration issues... and perhaps have not followed the correct procedure to join workstations to your domain.

If you'd kindly post a complete IPCONFIG /ALL from both the server and a workstation I can take a look and let you know what's what.

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56TechSoEasy...thanx for the respnose...

Server.................................

Windows IP Configuration



   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : odin
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : sportpix.local
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : sportpix.local
Ethernet adapter Server Local Area Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : 3Com EtherLink XL 10/100 PCI TX NIC (3C905B-TX)
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-01-02-BD-DC-FB
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.25.10
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.25.1
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.25.10
                                              192.168.1.254


Primary workstation........................................

Windows IP Configuration
        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : stevexp
        Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : sportpix.local
        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
        DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : sportpix.local
                                                      ssportpix.local

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : ssportpix.local
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-76-92-99-AC
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.25.100
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.25.1
        DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.25.1
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 151.168.1.8
                                                   206.13.28.12
        Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Friday, November 24, 2006 11:45:24 AM
        Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, November 25, 2006 11:45:24 AM

More Background...................................
Static DSL...2 routers...
2Wire takes my public, moves it to Linksys RV042, NAT to subnet...

2 computers on domain...now the other one is not working correctly, also recently rebuilt...

One computer in workgroup, I was UNable to join it to the domain...

DNS entrys have been the same for about 2 years...I have not changed them...everything worked very nicely until about 3 mlonths ago...

Thanx for your help...
Steve

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Well, this paints a perfect picture of what's wrong.

"Things" may have been working nicely, but I am absolutely sure that "EVERYthing" was not working very nicely because with this configuration you are unable to take advantage of about 80% of SBS's features.

If this is your learning system, then you need to configure it correctly in order to learn what SBS can do.

On your SBS, remove 192.168.1.254 from the DNS IP's and add 192.168.25.10 to the WINS Server IP.  Then, you need to get DHCP running on your SBS.  To do this, please follow the steps at the bottom of this article:  http://sbsurl.com/dhcp

Once that's done, run the Configure Email and Internet Connection Wizard (CEICW -- which is linked as Connect to the Internet in the Server Management Console > Internet and Email)

A visual how-to is here:  http://sbsurl.com/ceicw and a full networking overview for SBS is at http://sbsurl.com/msicw

Within that wizard you'll see a "more information" button on each screen that has invaluable help in deciding which options to select.  
Be sure to check those out as well.

In order for your workstation to benefit from the centralized management and configuration of SBS, you need to rejoin it to the network the proper way, using the http://odin/connectcomptuer wizard.  So, please follow these steps to correct:

At the client machine:
1.  Log in with THAT machine's LOCAL administrator account.
2.  Unjoin the domain into a WORKGROUP
3.  Change the name of the computer (this is not an option, you must use a name that is unique and hasn't been used before on your SBS)
4.  Delete or rename the following directory C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\Clients if it exists
5.  Make sure that the network settings are configured to get an IP address automatically (DHCP enabled)
6.  Reboot

Then on the server, from the Server Management Console:
1.  Remove the client computers if it still shows in the Client Computer screen on the Server Management Console
2.  Add the client with it's NEW name using the Add Computer wizard

Then, go back to the client machine, log back in with the local Administrator account and join the domain by opening Internet Explorer and navigating to http://odin/connectcomputer

If you'd like to see what all gets done using this method, please see http://sbsurl.com/connectcomputer

I wonder why you have two routers... you should be able to just use one or the other... I kinda like the RV042 and it works well.  This MAY have something to do with your inability to get to certain web sites... the cause of that, I'm rather certain, has to do with MTU settings.  Make sure that you have all MTU settings at 1492 instead of the usual default of 1500 on your router as well as on the SBS.  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/826159

That should get you into much better shape!

Jeff
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P. S.  With these settings, I doubt that you were able to apply Service Pack 1 for SBS (all 5 components).  Please review http://sbsurl.com/sp1 and follow the instructions carefully to install.  SP1 corrects a lot of issues and really is a MUST install.

Jeff
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Jeff...wow...lot of stuff...
I'll get into this thru the weekend and post back...
Steve
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BTW...you comments on email...I am NOT using Exchange...I pop from Yahoo...
I intend to work and learn  on exchange at a later date...
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You can't avoid installing Exchange Server even if only for internal messaging.  It's an integral part of SBS and shouldn't be excluded.  In fact, you can't even install SBS SP1 without Exchange installed.

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I installed this 2003SBS OS about 2 yrs ago...and I have reinstalled it once...If I installed Exchange, I am not aware of it...I might have without knowing it...
I kinda went thru Mark Minasi's 2003 Server book to do it...
At any rate, it currently has SP1 installed...

2 routers...
I recently upgraded my DSL to static IP...I get 5 IP's and I have to use the 2Wire router SBC provided...My  goal is to set up IIS and an FTP site...

I wanted to use my RV042 as I had purchased it only a  few mojnths before upgrading...
Si I took one public IP, bridged it thru the 2Wire and into the RV042 which runs my LAN...DHCP is provided by the RV042...

When I installed the new routers, I changed my LAN from 192.168.1.x to 192.168.25.x...
And now that I think about it...shortly after that is when my problems started...

Right now I am going thru your instructions, step  by step as this is the first time I have clear instructrions on properly setting up  SBS...

Back later...
Steve
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Many Thanx TechSoEasy...

Appreciate your  help...

Actually, I am still working on this...I have a number of problems and have been gradually working them out...

I wound up rebuilding my 2003SBS server, Exchange is installed and all patches, service packs etc applied...

I left DHCP server on my router because of a couple of workgroup computers I have and really didn't want to change that...plus, when I play around with my SBS server, I don;t want to restrict other things I may want to do...
Remember, this SBS servr is a "learning" machine and I tear it apart from time to time...

Spending a lot of time on http://msmvps.com/ as this is where your "connect computer" link goes back to...LOT"S of info there...

Thanks for your posts and info...

Regards
Steve
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Just FYI, Mark Minasi's book is not for Small Business Server, and you really shouldn't ever manage an SBS in the same way you would manage a standard server.  There is a lot of information at the MVP's site, but I think you'd find more at the SBS Community Portal, http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/en-us/windowssbs/default.mspx which has all the links to the appropriate MVP's as well as other sources.

If this is your learning machine, then you really do need to learn that you can't just attach it to an existing network.  You really should keep it on it's own network so that you can understand the proper behavior of the system.  You can do this in a couple of ways... if you have more than one Static IP, then you put a switch between your router and Internet connection so that you can add another router just for the SBS.  If you don't have static IP's you should consider getting a router that supports V-Lans.

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