Companyweb: At least one user can access, others cannot... ?

Hello!

I'm a novice at this stuff, but trying to learn as quickly as possible.  

We have SBS 2003, and don't use many, if any of the functionality beyond basic file storage/server.  

I recently saw the internal company website link and decided to try it out.  I made a very simple Publisher website, published it to a folder, copied the folder to the server's desktop, then pointed the "companyweb" to the folder on the desktop.

I went back to my workstation, typed in 192.168.1.10 (the IP the companyweb site showed) and was taken to a basic site that had a link to "my company website".  When I clicked on that, I *swear* a pop-up asking for my username and password came up... but I cannot honestly tell you I cancelled that box or not.   Regardless, I then typed in "Companyweb'... and viola! Up popped the simple website I'd made!

I was super excited, turned to another laptop in the office, but no luck.  That too pulls up the basic site with the "my company website" link, but when you click on the my company website link, or type in company web, it either a) simply says the page cannot be displayed, or b) sends you to Bing for possible websites.

I tried on another computer and had the same result.  (All three are using XP Pro SP 3 & IE8).

I tried turning off Anonymous login, then turning it back on... Neither seem to  help.

Any thoughts?

Thanks!
kaericarrollAsked:
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mmckenzie13Commented:
Are you typing in just companyweb in the url or http://companyweb/ and what are your DNS settings for the clients? They have to have the DNS pointed to SBS and SBS has to have companyweb under the DNS Forwarder as an A Record for it's IP. You will be prompted for UN and PW if you're not logged on via domain.
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kaericarrollAuthor Commented:
mmckenzie13 - THANK YOU... the DNS answer solved the problem on all but one of the PCs I've tried it on.

On that one laptop, the DNS is pointed to the SBS, but still won't resolve the website.   Since it's being resolved on the other workstations, is it safe to assume the companyweb is where it needs to be in the SBS DNS fwd'ing, and that the issue is with the laptop's login or access to the domain?

Thanks so much for the help!
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kaericarrollAuthor Commented:
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Ady FootSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
Hi,

On the laptop - are you logging on to the domain or connecting via a VPN or are you just plugging into the network, pointing the DNS to the right direction and trying to login?

Regards,

Ady
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kaericarrollAuthor Commented:
Hi Ady!

Logging into the domain.  I've tried multiple user accounts (I thought maybe it was a permissions issue?), but none of them work.

The companyweb login still goes to Google for possible matches, instead of resolving to the server..
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Ady FootSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
OK - have you made sure that the laptop's network card configuration is definitely pointing to your local network DNS server?  What happens if you ping companyweb from the laptop?

Regards,

Ady
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kaericarrollAuthor Commented:
I take it all back... It looks like this laptop was briefly used by one of the execs as a genuinely mobile laptop, so they installed a VPN and took it off of network login.  It's not accessing the network via VPN now, but it's not logging into the domain.  It's set-up to use the server as primary DNS, but is likely defaulting to the ISP (as the secondary DNS pointer)...Gah, this whole system is scrapped together from three-four-five different support people over the years... !
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Ady FootSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
OK - I thought as much.  Problem solved then as it were :-)

Regards,

Ady
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