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dhcp/dns issues on sbs 2008 domain

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I setup a sbs 2008 domain today. I have a 2wire in bridge mode connected to a netgear firewall. Internet works fine, the DC is giving out IPs like it should. Well I setup three work stations on the domain, but two keep getting limited or no connectivity errors on both of them. If I give them a static ip address they connect fine, and can ping the server. The other computer gets ip addresses fine from the server with no issue. what am i missing?
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by:xzay1967
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Update: To try to isolate the issue, I moved the computer that connected fine to the port one of the problem comouters is conected to; it connected fine. That leads me to believe that the issue is not with the server, but with the workstations. These are two new HP computers (dont' know if that helps)
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by:MCSA2003
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go to network properties and make sure it is selected for "obtain ip address automatically". Go to start > run >cmd enter and type in ipconfig /all . What is the ipaddress it is pulling? Is it in your ip range? Also make sure gateway is correct.
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The issue is not with the static ip setting. When I assign IP manually, it works fine. Even though I can get to the internet, and ping the sever fine when it has a static IP, I still cannot go to http://connect so it can join the domain. If I set to receive an IP automatically, I get a limited connectivity error. I connect a laptop to the port where the troubled desktop is having issues, and the laptop get assigned an IP automatically with no problem. So, I wonder what is wrong with these two desktops.
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Im confused. You say that when you statically assign the clients with an ip address everything works fine? If this is the case, there is an issue with the DHCP scope/server. It almost sounds like you do not have the gateway address listed under the DHCP scope. Set the NIC on the client to DHCP, and do the command I said in my other post and post the results.
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by:xzay1967
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I understand what you are saying, but the other computer does not have a static IP, and it works fine. But,  I will do as you asked. when I use the cmd ipconfig /all, I get 169.254.211.47 for the ip address. I know that means it is not reaching the dhcp server. If I do ipconfig /renew, I get cannot reach dhcp server, timedout. This is very odd, the other computer gets its IP just fine from the server, not sure why these two desktop won't. I even edit the host file, still no luck.
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Right click on my computer and go to properties. Select device manager. Are there any yellow exclamation showing? Could be that the drivers are not installed for the nics.
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Right click on my computer and go to properties. Select device manager. Are there any yellow exclamation showing? Could be that the drivers are not installed for the nics.
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by:xzay1967
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That does not make sense. If the drivers for the nic cards were not installed, then they would not show up in the system tray, nor would I be able to assign static ip addresses to them. The computer I am typing this message from is has a static ip address. If it was set to dynamically get an ip, it would fail, and the limited connectivity error would display. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate you trying to help, but it really a mystery why one computer is able to get ip's from the server, when the others can't.
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by:xzay1967
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I figured out the issue; it was Symantec EndPoint that was causing the issue. I had to reconfigure the network threat protection.
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Even though zi solved the issue myself, I am still giving you the points for trying.
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by:OccIT
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What did you change on Endpoint?  I am experiencing the same issue.  I tried to add a DHCP rule to the default policy but it is still not working properly.

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