Server 2008 DNS/name issue

I had a server called "printers", this server showed up in the Mac "Finder"/Network. We then decided to use "Printers" for additional tasks so we changed its name, to lets say, "server2". Now "server2" does not show up in the Mac "Finder" or other network discovery tasks.

I've tried flushing dns on the Mac's to no avail. Flushed DNS in the router and verified the DNS entry is correct for "Server2".

"Server2" does show up in Windows "Network".
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justyn8490Asked:
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justyn8490Author Commented:
Well, we got it figured out. REALLY weird fix, but.....the server was assigned a dynamic IP, which we then reserved. But we read somewhere that putting the IP in as a static as well as the DNS servers that it helps. So we did that and it worked.
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Rick HobbsRETIREDCommented:
Can you open a terminal window on a Mac and ping server2?  Also, clear your ARP table.
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masnrockCommented:
Did you change anything else on what is now Server2? Can the Mac ping it and see if it you use the IP instead of machine name?
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justyn8490Author Commented:
Rickhobbs: I've cleared the ARP table on the router. And yes I can ping server2 by name and IP from a terminal window.

masnrock: Nothing else was changed other than the name.
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Rick HobbsRETIREDCommented:
Is the Macs Network name the same as the domain you are on?
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justyn8490Author Commented:
No it's not.
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Rick HobbsRETIREDCommented:
Great!  I have always followed the caveat that servers, appliances, and printers should have fixed addresses.  Only workstations should have DHCP addresses.  I didn't even consider that you would have a "floating (i.e. DHCP) address" for the server.
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justyn8490Author Commented:
figured it out myself
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