cannot connect to sbs domain

Hi, I have set up SBS Essentials on a test server and trying to connect a test client.
Removed old domain on pc by disjoining domain and joining workgroup.
Then using server connect thru browser.
Configuration churns for a minute or so and then says "cant find AD AC. check name of domain." may also have said cant find computer account on domain, but cant be sure

I did ipconfig and not showing the default gateway of router.

(server and router appear to be properly set up with static ips for server and router, and scope is all matching existing network , ie the network I am going to replace.
I did ip release and still no joy.

I will run it again and post detailed errors messages.

The problem also seems to be that the local area network connection is amiss, says unknown network.

Any intermediate clues will be appreciated.
Should I be doing pings or other tests.

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topUKlawyerAuthor Commented:
server connects nicely to internet BTW
Frank McCourryV.P. Holland Computers, Inc.Commented:
Check your DNS and make sure you are using a local DNS server.
Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Issue is with DNS.  Once you test your DNS configuration, perform a test by running "ping DomainFQDN" where DomainFQDN is your domain name (i.e. xyz.local).  Also ensure to enter the DomainFQDN when joining instead of NetBIOS name (i.e. xyz).
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topUKlawyerAuthor Commented:
ping is done from cmd window correct?

so ping would be
ping headoffice.local

also when using the connect clients wizard do i use the FQDN ie http://headoffice.local/connect
Frank McCourryV.P. Holland Computers, Inc.Commented:
That is correct.

Have you setup DHCP on the server?  If so then you should check to see if your SBS server is listed as the Primary DNS server and that you have the Router (Gateway address) set.

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SandeshdubeySenior Server EngineerCommented:
Ensure correct dns setting on client and DC as this

Best practices for DNS client settings on DC and domain members.

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topUKlawyerAuthor Commented:
Hi Guys,

Sorted. I had a strange network connection and IP address I think generated by windows.

On the network interface I changed the IP address to static (temporarily) and the dns to the server and the default gateway to the router staticaddress.

This allowed me to connect to the network.

I was then able to launch the connect wizard and all is well.

Thanks for your kind help
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