I have 3 workstations, 1 server and a couple of printers on a network. I'm running SBS 2003 on the server and windows xp pro on the workstations. The internet connection is DSL, the DSL router connects to my switch, and all the workstations and the server are plugged into the switch. I have DHCP turned two of the workstation while the IP Address is hard coded on the server and one of the other workstations.
The server's IP Address is 192.168.1.101. The DSL Router's IP Address is 192.168.1.254. The DSL Router has primary DNS listed as 188.8.131.52. And a secondary DNS as 184.108.40.206. I used these two DNS servers when I set up TCP/IP on the server.
The workstations will automatically use 192.168.1.101 (the server's IP Address) as the primary DNS if DHCP is turned on. Either way, for the most part, the Internet works just fine. When I got the call this morning, the internet was not working. The server was locked (for security), and all I did was login to the server and the Internet came back up.
So, after this long explination, I have a couple questions...
Should I use the Server as the DNS?
Should I use the DSL Router as the DNS on all computers?
If the server is set up as the DNS, does it disconnect when the server is logged off?
Any suggestions on to what I should change to keep the network connected to the internet all the time?
Thanks for your help!!!