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Need Help connecting to a server

I bought a new laptop for our dealerships but don't know how to hook it up to a server/network. We no longer have an IT person...Can anyone help me step by step because I don't know what I am doing at all. Need your help....
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KCTSCommented:
Assuming that you are connected to the network and the server is issuing IP addresses with DHCP, Right click on "My Computer", on the computer name tab select "Network ID" and follow the instructions in the wizard. You will need to know the name of your domain and an account/password with administrative privilages and enter them when prompted.
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KCTSCommented:
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SteveH_UKCommented:
You should look on an existing computer to see what some of the settings are.

You can do this by right-clicking on My Computer and selecting Properties.  It is then on the Network Identification tab.  It should tell you if you are a member of a domain and also the name of the domain or workgroup.  You should use the same identifiers when joining the domain or workgroup in the steps offered by KCTS.
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SteveH_UKCommented:
The thing you must find out is whether you have a domain, and if so what are the usernames and passwords.  If you don't have a domain this won't be a problem.
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SteveH_UKCommented:
If you are still stuck, let us know, because there are a few things we can guide you through to get some information about your network without needing usernames and passwords.
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jensendealershipsAuthor Commented:
I work at an auto dealership and we have a network here, and a secondary server holding our inventory. I checked the properties and see where it says domain name...LFM.nsp now what does this mean.
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SteveH_UKCommented:
Sorry, was that just LFM or was it LFM.nsp?

LFM would mean a workgroup
LFM.nsp would mean an Active Directory domain

Both are different ways of networking with Microsoft computers.  Domains are used with IT departments, normally!
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jensendealershipsAuthor Commented:
It was LFM.nsp
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SteveH_UKCommented:
Ok, so you have a domain and you will absolutely need a username and password on the domain.  Do you have an administrator account password?  Don't repeat it here! yes or no will do?
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SteveH_UKCommented:
Sorry, I'm off to lunch but will be back in the next hour...
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KCTSCommented:
Ok so when you are asked by the wizard for the domain you need to enter LFM (it will ask you to confirm that its LFM.nsp if it needs to)
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jensendealershipsAuthor Commented:
Do I have to be hooked up to any cables first?
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SteveH_UKCommented:
Yes.  You need a network cable, it looks a bit like an American telephone connector, plugged into both the computer and the network device (may be a small box).  If you have previously had a computer where this one is going, the port may already be ok.  Do you know where the network box (hub or switch) is?

Physical problems are of course more difficult to solve online!
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SteveH_UKCommented:
Seen this website for an image of an RJ-45 Network Cable:

http://www.itcsales.co.uk/acatalog/copy_of_Cables_USB_._RJ45_._Modems.html
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jensendealershipsAuthor Commented:
Okay so now I understand what cable I need but now my question in so I still have a desktop plugged in at the station where I will be working. NOw what? I don't want to unplug my desktop completely until I absolutely need to. Any options here?
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SteveH_UKCommented:
You don't need to worry about unplugging your network cable (not the rest, though).  It won't affect anything and you can put it back in afterwards.
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jensendealershipsAuthor Commented:
I am going to find someone that knows are network administrator username and password...Be Right Back
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RusselautoCommented:
Do you use Reynolds or ADP? I
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