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Hi, I'm trying to configure a Windows 2003 SBS server, and I'm experiencing some difficulties. This is a newly configured server, and it runs DNS and WINS among other things. DHCP is installed but not configured (no scope).
Here are my symptoms:
- I cannot join the FDC domain. The error is "the network path was not found"
- I cannot connect to a share on the server. The share has everybody added to permissions, and full access to everyone.
- Wins is running, but the "WINS server you specified cannot be located"...... the network path was not found.

Regarding the WINS issue, I checked to make sure that the Remote Registry service is running, and it is. I also removed WINS and reinstalled it to no avail.
DNS appears to be working fine. I have entries in the forward and reverse lookup zones, and _msdcs.fdc.local, also, I can ping by name from the workstation, and if the server is off the workstation(s) loses DNS (they are set to the server IP alone). I have a forwarder set to a couple of AT&T DNS servers which appears to also be working fine.

I didn't experience any problems setting up the server, but I did have to change the server IP address during the process (using the wizard).

Any ideas? Thanks!
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by:Gary Fuqua, CISSP
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Are you using static IP addresses for all of your computers?
If so, do you have the SBS server listed as a DNS server?
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by:KCTS
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If you are not using DHCP - why not - then as has been stated you must make sure that your clients all have a valid IP and subnet mask and that the ONLY DNS server they have listed is the SBS server.

If you are trying to use DHCP on a router rather than the DHCP in SBS then I strongly advise against this. Switch off the DHCP on the router and set up your SBS server with an appropriate scope.
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by:btm02sf
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Yes, all computers have static IP addresses. DHCP was already running on the router (prior to me reconfiguring the server), so that's why I didn't bother with it on the server (although I did install the service I didn't configure a scope). So I don't think that qualifies as having 2 DHCP servers running on the network. I only have one DNS server listed for each workstation, and that is the server.
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by:KCTS
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run ipconfig /all on both the SBS server and a client and post the results please.

In the meantime kill DHCP on the router - its safer to do if you don't intend to use it.
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by:Gary Fuqua, CISSP
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Make sure that before you join the workstation to the domain, that you don't have any drives mapped to the server on the workstation.   Map the drives after they are joined.

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by:btm02sf
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Sorry for the late followup, and thanks for all of your suggestions. I will post the IPCONFIG /ALL results later today, and yes, I'm aware of the mappings and made sure that none of the logins had any. In fact, I also tried a brand new workstation, which has never been connected (mapped) to a server.
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On the workstation. (note that although this is a VMware environment, the configuration is not different on physical computers, and now a Windows 7 system.)

Windows IP Configuration

        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : XP2
        Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : VMware Accelerated AMD PCNet Adapter
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-50-56-2C-CB-98
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.43
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.66
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.3

Ethernet adapter Bluetooth Network Connection:

        Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 58-55-CA-F6-64-2C
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by:btm02sf
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On the server:

Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : FDC-SVR1

   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : FDC.local

   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown

   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes

   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes

   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : FDC.local



Ethernet adapter VMware Network Adapter VMnet8:



   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :

   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : VMware Virtual Ethernet Adapter for VMnet8

   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-50-56-C0-00-08

   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.222.1

   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :



Ethernet adapter VMware Network Adapter VMnet1:



   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :

   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : VMware Virtual Ethernet Adapter for VMnet1

   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-50-56-C0-00-01

   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.146.1

   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :



Ethernet adapter Hamachi:



   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :

   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Hamachi Network Interface

   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 7A-79-05-A6-33-41

   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : No

   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 5.164.11.65

   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.0.0.0

   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

   DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 5.0.0.1

   Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, September 20, 2011 2:06:40 PM

   Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, September 19, 2012 2:06:40 PM



Ethernet adapter Network Connection:



   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :

   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet

   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1D-09-2C-D5-1D

   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.3

   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.66

   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.3

   Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.3

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by:Gary Fuqua, CISSP
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Can you map a drive to the server from the workstation?   Just curious what error it puts up if any.
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by:Gary Fuqua, CISSP
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Can you list which services are turned OFF on the server?   Did you turn any off during your setup?     Check on "Routing and Remote Access".   Make sure it is on.  
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by:btm02sf
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Routing is on, but cannot map - same error. Note that the one service that is not working correctly is WINS, even after removing and reinstalling.
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Ended up rebuilding the server, and it's all working now. Go figure....

Thanks!
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by:btm02sf
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No idea what caused all of this in the first place.
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by:Gary Fuqua, CISSP
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Sometimes you hit the point of dimishing returns the more time you invest.    It is the mark of experience to know when to make the call.   Good job.  
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Precisely. Thanks!
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