Cannot Connect to Windows Server 2012 Computer Network

I cannot connect my Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 Pro to a new computer on the network running Windows Server 2012 R2.

Sharing is turned on on both computers via ethernet.
Full Network Discovery is on for both, private, guest, etc.
Both machines have installed and use the same administrator level access user names and password.
Security permissions match for the administrative users for shares attempting to access.
Temporarily took down Firewall and AVG security but this did not help.
Both computers are on the same Workgroup, on the same router.
The Windows 10 machine is connected to the network directly to the Frontier router, via auto ip on the ethernet. I have no spare ip addresses to use so that's why my Win10 machine does not use a static ip.
The servers are connected to a switch, which is connected to the Frontier router via ethernet. Of course, both servers use static ip's.

I also can NOT ping the Windows 2012 R2 server. But I CAN ping the Windows Server 2003 R2 on the same network that is plugged into the same router connections as the Win2012 server, shares and username, passwords the same. Network connects work fine on the Windows 2003 Server.

So, what could be keeping me from finding the Windows 2012 server? What should I try?
Grover McBroomAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
check your dns settings are pointing to the server.  Ping responses may not be enabled for the server (default is not enabled) (firewall preferences)
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Grover McBroomAuthor Commented:
David, as I said, Firewall was turned off so ping ability cannot be considered there. I don't think there's any way a records in DNS could affect access to the LAN or even tcp/ip properties.

Anyone anyone ideas, suggestions? I can connect to the network fine if I use a static ip, but not if I don't.
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masnrockCommented:
When you ping, are you trying to ping by name or IP? If you're trying to ping by name, then DNS servers do make a difference. What DNS servers are being provided to machines with dynamic addresses by the DHCP server?
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Grover McBroomAuthor Commented:
It was a local configuration problem in Network, nothing to do with dns.
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Grover McBroomAuthor Commented:
I'm not going to automatically accept something that someone shoots out just to get the points. There was no help, nothing suggested that helped me, even after I said I believed dns was not the problem, which it turned out not to be.

In short, just because someone makes a suggestion, they should not automatically get the points unless there is some actual help involved. There was none.  Perhaps my stand on this will let experts know that if they want to make a suggestion, it should lead to a possible solution. There was none in this case. BinBroom should NOT receive any points.
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Grover McBroomAuthor Commented:
I'm not going to automatically accept something that someone shoots out just to get the points. There was no help, nothing suggested that helped me, even after I said I believed dns was not the problem, which it turned out not to be.

In short, just because someone makes a suggestion, they should not automatically get the points unless there is some actual help involved. There was none.  Perhaps my stand on this will let experts know that if they want to make a suggestion, it should lead to a possible solution. There was none in this case. BinBroom should NOT receive any points.
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Grover McBroomAuthor Commented:
I clicked the OBJECT button and left a comment yet the option remains as it did. This is very confusing and don't have time for it. My statement just before this should speak for itself. It's just a matter of principle.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
BinBroom is YOU the asker..
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Grover McBroomAuthor Commented:
I have to say this is a strange way to close a question, far too confusing for me to consider, and yes, most are familiar but I can only guess as to what happens next.  Perhaps the nomenclature or stiff verbiage that's confusing but I imagine this is not the place to discuss it further. I get the point and will remember next time but I must say there should be a more user friendly way to phrase this.  Next I may see my ip address as the entity representing me instead of my actual name, which is what I chose to use.  But I've learned what is to be expected next time. Thanks. Hope this ends it.
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Grover McBroomAuthor Commented:
No suggestions helped so this  seemed the only way to close the question.
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