SBS 2003 network setup

Dell / Poweredge 840
January 5, 2011 at 09:11:52
Specs: Windows XP, 1.866 GHz / 2047 MB
I have a small network that I am trying to fix. I just reloaded SBS 2003 and am starting fresh but get an error when trying to connect pc's to the domain. Looks like a DNS error. I have a DSL modem ( that runs to a router ( and then another router ( to give me a "private" network and a "public" network. I am using to provide DHCP for the network as the server is only on for security (and to allow sharing of the network for those not using the server). I am using the DNS setting from my ISP. I did not load DHCP or DNS during the SBS load. What am doing wrong? Thanks for the help!!

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January 5, 2011 at 09:22:19
Where to begin :-)

Your users should not be in a different subnet than the server. One reason for this is you can only use one gateway. So if they have internet they can't access the server.

All workstations have to point to the servers ip for dns.
In turn you put your isp dns ips in the forwarders in DNS [not to be confused with forward lookup zone].
This way when a workstation makes a request for, your dns server forwards it to the isp who in tern returns the answer.

I was not aware you could install SBS without DNS. You certainly can't have AD without MS DNS on that server.

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