Can anyone help?
I have an HP Proliant server running Microsoft Small Business Server 2008.
I have a couple of laptops which were connected to the server using the http://connect command without any problems.
A couple of things that then changed was the server was given a static IP address, and the laptop hard drive failed. A new harddrive was installed with Windows 7 Pro reinstalled and now I need to reconnect it to the server.
The http://connect command does not work - it just gives the standard unable to connect error message.
I wonder if this is to do with the static IP address as this is the only thing that has changed - unfortunately I just don't understand IP addresses, DNS servers, default gateways etc!
I have tried following the solution in Microsoft support KB957708, as follows:
Use the following steps to add the correct DNS suffix within the network card dns settings of the workstation. Afterward http://connect should work successfully.
Click Start, click Run and type: ncpa.cpl and click OK.
Right click the Local Area Connection network card and click Properties.
Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties.
Confirm that the IP address is on the same subnet and that the Preferred DNS server is pointing to the IP of the Small Business Server.
Click the Advanced button and click the DNS Tab.
Fill in the "DNS suffix for this connection" box with the DNS suffix name.
In order to find the correct dns suffix open a command prompt on the SBS 2008 server and type: Set Userdnsdomain
This will return the USERDNSDOMAIN=<yourdnsdomainsuffix.local>
After entering the correct DNS suffix, click OK two times and click Close.
Close Network Connections.
To test the setting open a command prompt and attempt to ping "connect". This should resolve to the ip address of the Small Business Server 2008.
Open Internet Explorer on the workstation and type: http://connect and hit <enter>
You should now get the "Welcome to Windows Small Business Server 2008"
The laptop is usually setup to obtain IP and DNS automatically and this works fine. If I make any changes to the settings I still can't http://connect, but I then also lose the internet as it changes to unidentified network.
I've typed the static IP address into the 'Preferred DNS server' and added the 'DNS suffix connection' in the Advanced properties but just can't make it work.
Would welcome any suggestions!