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Networking to a Data File Server

By mariagray ·
I have purchased a Linksys Router and have attached a cable modem to the router and attached the router to the network card on the desktop pc for high speed internet access. I have then also attached the cable for a windows 2003 small business server but am now unable to access the server. Prior to connecting the wireless router the server cable was connected to a linksys switch box which was connected to the network card on the desktop pc. I can access the internet no problem but I cannot now access the server. I am installing a second network card into the deksop pc will this solve my problem?

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by scott_heath In reply to Networking to a Data File ...

Normally you would configure a server with a static IP. And if the SBS was running as a DC you woul dhave had DNS and maybe DHCP. When plugged into a switch the SBS server provided the PC with an address via DHCP.

Now you have a router that is also serving DHCP and the PC would talk to it first. If the server still has a static IP different than the router you will not be able to communicate. Check the router's DHCP scopy and give the server a static IP outside of that scope and set the DNS server addresses to point to the router.

Good luck, let me know how it goes.

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by mariagray In reply to Probably not...

Thank you for your assistant - you are of course correct. I changed the IP configuration on the server to automatically detect and that solved the problem.

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by Dumphrey In reply to Resolved

I would turn off the dhcp in the router, leave the server as a static ip, and point its dns at your isp as a forwarder. I have found that servers like static ip addresses and have faster response on dhcp then routers, as a general rule that is...

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