SBS 2003 & Static IP hardware

June 24, 2009 at 11:20:20
Specs: Windows SBS 2003, 2GB
Hi Everyone,

This is the setup i have:

Internet --> Belkin Wireless N router (dhcp off) --> CAT5 comes upstairs into Linksys Wireless N (dhcp off) --> sbs2003 --> 2 client computers

The Linksys router upstairs has the server connected to it, 2 client computers (successfully setup via sbs) & 1 printer.

I have come to understand that the DHCP server should be turned off no matter how many routers, switches etc you have and from there i have assigned the server, printer & client computers with a static IP. The problem i am firstly facing is when i turned DHCP off on the 2nd router upstairs i now cannot find the printer so i can set it up on the sbs2003 and client computers.

Could you advise me on what to do next? and am i correct by turning DHCP off on both routers?

Also, with the exchange server - i can recieve emails via pop3 on my external hosting (ehosting.com) but would like it to be setup so all client computers will recieve the email at the same time. Would these be the settings i would have to change from my hosting? and point the IP address to my server?

I'm new to the SBS2003 but getting there slowly, so any help is greatly appreciated :)

Thank You


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#1
June 24, 2009 at 12:21:48
Yes you are correct in turning off dhcp on the routers but that is only half the equation. You need to enable it on the SBS. Your server, just like the routers should always have static ips. These ips should be excluded from the dhcp scope so you don't have ip conflicts.

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#2
June 24, 2009 at 12:26:55
You didn't say where the printer is physically plugged in. Is it plugged in to the first router (Belkin) or the second one (Linksys)

Also you didn't detail the interconnection of the routers themselves. Is it:

Belkin LAN port >> Linksys WAN port

or

Belkin LAN port >> Linksys LAN port

In either case, it will require a static IP assignment so include the IP's used (and on which interface) with the info on your setup.

Could you advise me on what to do next? and am i correct by turning DHCP off on both routers?

If all clients/servers/network appliances in your LAN have statically assigned TCP/IP settings then yes, DHCP is not required.

Also, with the exchange server - i can recieve emails via pop3 on my external hosting (ehosting.com) but would like it to be setup so all client computers will recieve the email at the same time. Would these be the settings i would have to change from my hosting? and point the IP address to my server?

Exchange is so complex it should be a microsoft certification all of it's own. Even the toned down version included in SBS is still a mind bender....lol

I'm very unfamiliar with exchange and can't help you with this so hopefully someone else in-the-know will come along and help you with that.


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#3
June 24, 2009 at 12:50:55
Hi, thanks for your replies.

I've sorted the printer out now, i installed just the basic printer drivers for it, connected it via USB let windows install all files, disconnected it and assigned it to the server manually.

Ok, the router upstairs all connect into LAN ports:

Belkin LAN --> Linksys LAN port.

If the Exchange is very complex as you say, what would be my solution if i had 3 computers in my house connected to the server and wanted to all recieve email? Is that the complex part with certificates? True about mind blowing, ive tried looking into this and hopefully it will make sense, but as yet! nothing!!

Amazing how difficult it is to learn, imagine making the software! :P

Thanks Again


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