Let me start by saying I am short on knowledge, but eager to learn! I have been trying to educate myself about networking by connecting a new SBS server to an existing client computer. I think it's referred to as migrating a client computer. Here's my environment:
high-speed cable internet connection from cable modem to Netgear router
Netgear router to Linksys 8-port switch
switch connecting several computers, TIVO unit, network printer
2 NIC's in the server box
The server computer:
self-built w/dual AMD processors (175)
4 SATA hard drives
1 Gig of RAM
The client computer:
XP Media edition
HP machine w/lots of memory, space, speed
Pinging from the client machine, which is still (I guess) a member of a workgroup, tells me the machine can find the SBS server & vice versa.
I created a computer account & user account for the client computer on the server.
I went to the client computer, addressed the server with: http://servername/connectcomputer
The browser opened a page on the server's local web
Clicked a link to join the client to the server
Stepped through this procedure until asked for user name & password
It was at this point that everthing ground to a halt. No matter what I entered for a user name & password, I received an error message:
"The list of users and computers could not be found on the server. Make sure that the SBS network adapters are configured correctly". I checked the server Users & Computers and found both the user name I was using and the client machine. I assigned administrative privileges to the account. The server has an nVidia firewall, which I turned off while attempting to add the client. The client has Norton anti-virus which I left on. When I displayed My Network only the workgroup was visible initially. At other times, the domain name came up. But, attempting to connect the client this way was fruitless. . . Access Denied; same when I went through the server's computer management and tried to reach the client computer. . . Access Denied.
I do not have a static IP from my ISP. Therefore, ipconfig/all yields an indication that the ISP is the DNS server. I am able to use the network printer from both the client computer and the server. But, both machines have the printer set-up in-place.
I have searched throughout this site and Microsoft's KB, as well as the on-line help and support, with no success. I cannot understand how I can get so close to adding the client to the server by way of the SBS Network Configuration Wizard yet not be able to complet the task.