This morning I came into work and the users complained that they could not access the internet or the shared folders on the server. I checked their IPs and it was clear they were no longer getting IP addresses from the server. Everyone had 169 addresses. We are using windows server 2003 and the clients are windows vista business. The server is the DHHCP, DNS,and DC.
Here is what I did so far to troubleshoot problem:
1. Reboot the server - upon startup the server says that a driver or service may not have stared correctly. The event viewer doesnt say much. In device manager there are no shown problems. In services DHCP says "not connected" and DNS says nothing next to it. Also rebooted all the switches
2. I tried manually assigning IP addresses to the clients. This worked for connecting to the internet only when I used googles DNS of 188.8.131.52 as then secondary dns server. However, the clients were still unable to access internet network shares on the server, even by IP address.
3. The server can ping all clients, but the clients cannot ping the server
4. The server is able to access the internet no problem
It seems as if DNS and DHCP are screwin up on the server.
Thanks a lot for the help