SBS2003 Server not available after VMWare Server Install

Hi All

OK. I have a user who tried to install VMWare Server 2.0 on a machine running SBS2003 (Despite the warnings etc). Since he installed it We have lost network acces to the server.

I have since uninstalled VMWare server but we cannot get to the server. It does not respond to Pings etc.......but the server can access the internet.

It is acting like it has a firewall blocking access. but the windows firewall is not accesible in SBS2003 and there is no third party firewall installed on the server. I have re-run the "Connect to the internet" wizard in the server and I have set the IP Address of the Server.

Can anyone help?
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Did you have rras installed on the server?
lilkevAuthor Commented:
Yes it comes as standard on an SBS2003 system

If you did have RRAS configured you may need to reinitialize the configuration for it. It can perform as a firewall. Vmware may have disrupted the routing tables on the box and "buggered" the RRAS config

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lilkevAuthor Commented:
OK. I've never configured RRAS before. Can you give me a walkthrough? or could I find it as a file in a Backup somewhere?
RRAS would only be configured if the box had to work at as a router or NAT. if it wasnt configured then that is not your problem...

Access it via:
Administrative Tools->Routing And Remote Access.

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lilkevAuthor Commented:
Oh....Ok. No the server only has one NIC and has been working great until today when VMWare server was installed.

Server can access the internet and can also access shares on the machines in the office but none of the machines in the office can access the server shares, AD or anything else

Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Check your nic bindings and uninstall vmware bridge adapter from the nic settings.  You may also need to uninstall/reinstall tcp/ip stack to get the stack cleaned up.

If all else fails, uninstall the nic, tcp/ip stack and bindings and re-install
lilkevAuthor Commented:
Used the RRAS Wizard in the server to Disable remote access to the server

All of the sudden everything started working

Seems to be fine now
lilkevAuthor Commented:
THis was the closest solution to my problem. Although not entirely correct.

I went into the SBS RRAS config wizard and ran it again removing all remote access (My users have no need for a VPN etc) and everything started to work
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