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Clients dont recognize server

By toothdocw ·
My server is running Small Business Server 2003, 5 clients have XP pro. The clients can all access the net. My clients however cannot see the server or directories I put on the server to share. What do I need to do?

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by CG IT In reply to Clients dont recognize se ...

point the clients to the SBS server as the prefered DNS server.

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by CG IT In reply to

I'll be blunt. If you don't know anything about networking, domains, and specifically SBS you shouldn't be trying to configure it. You'll end up causing more problems than what you already started out with.

Hire a good tech that knows about SBS.

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by toothdocw In reply to Clients dont recognize se ...

I won't argue your point, unfortunately my network guru was called out of town and is unavailable, now I'm in a time crunch.

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by toothdocw In reply to Clients dont recognize se ...

Actually, I hadn't mapped the network drive. Your point is well taken CGIT, I do have someone else coming out next week.

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by CG IT In reply to Clients dont recognize se ...

SBS is a an Active Directory network just like the big business Active Directory networks. The only differences are that all services run on one box, there is a limit to the # of devices or users that can be on the network, it's stand alone. It can not create a trust with other domains.

If your clients can not log on to the Small business server and can not find the small business server then DNS is not configured on the clients correctly.Typically workstations [client computers] obtain all the information they need from DHCP services running on the SBS server. Clients TCP/IP properties should be set for auto detect and SBS will provide them with all the information. If not, it's best to run the connect to the internet Wizard from the Things to do list on the monitoring page that opens up when you first log on as an administrator. If you do run this wizard, you'll need to know a some information. #1. whether you use 1 or 2 Network cards. #2. if you use 2 network cards, the IP, subnet mask of the WAN network card, the default gateway of your perimeter router, and your ISPs DNS. for the LAN network card, SBS will have set this up with the default non routable IP address of 192.168.16.2 subnet mask 255.255.255.0. This is also the DNS address of the SBS server [as DNS is running on the SBS box]. As I said, all this information is then configured in DHCP by the wizard so you don't have to. But if there are problems, then you need someone that knows DHCP DNS and SBS to troubleshoot, hense my comment, you need to hire someone that knows SBS so that its configured right. If you have the SBS standard edition than your running Exchange Server and messing up with the connection configuration will mess up Exchange [not to mention Active Directory which relies upon DNS to operate].

So as you can see, you really need someone that knows SBS.

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by CG IT In reply to

I would hate to say do this, or do that and you end up having more problems to fix than you already have because your unfamiliar with SBS and any directions woud seem easy for me but not for someone who doesn't know the first thing about it.

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by toothdocw In reply to

CG,
I don't take offense at anything you say. I hadn't mapped the network drive and that was the problem. I may have over/misstated the problem in my original question. Problem since fixed. My more major issue will be addressed by a professional on tuesday. Thanks for your answers.

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by ICB's corner In reply to Clients dont recognize se ...

First of all check if SBS server has connectivity.
Ping IP Address.In case of no reply you must replace some cables.In case it replies, use find computer (CTRL+WIN+F) with its IP. You can map resurces on that server using its IP.

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by toothdocw In reply to

ICB
Yes, I have connectivity. I hadn't mapped network drives. That's why it wasn't finding what I needed. Thanks for the answer.

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by Choppit In reply to Clients dont recognize se ...

Can you ping your SBS by hostname?

Check to make sure that the clients are members of the SBS domain.

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