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    I cant seem to install the client files onto two new notebooks with Vista Business & Vista Ultimate. I keep getting errors saying "Cannot enable DHCP" and "The specified domain either does not exist or cannot be contacted"

    Does Vista support SBS 2000 at all? How can I get the terminals to connect to the network?

    Thank you for the advice.

    Martin

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    Re: Connecting Vista to SBS 2000

    Hi,

    This is not supported by Microsoft, but the dhcp error is strange. You should get an IP-address from the DHCP server no matter what kind of client.

    Have you checked if you get an IP-address from the DHCP ? If you don't get one you have to look at this first or assign a static IP to your new machines.

    When you can ping the server after doing that you should be able to add it to the domain. I think that only the software that will be pushed to the client will not work on the laptops.

    Regards,

    Johan Veldhuis
    Best regards,

    Johan Veldhuis

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    • #3
      Re: Connecting Vista to SBS 2000

      Thank you for the advice John. After trying to install the client disk, I check the network connnections and all of the workstations including the server are visible. An IP address is also allocated by the server to the laptops, but as soon as I reboot, the workstations (including the server ) and the network is lost. There will be no IP adrress or connection to the network.

      Would it be advisable just to downgrade to XP professional, since I've never had any kind of problems with the nework before? I feel having Vista on these two laptaps is just going to open a can of worms if I install all of the software we currently own without upgrading them all.

      Thank you for your suggestions!

      Martin

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      • #4
        Re: Connecting Vista to SBS 2000

        Vista is barely suported on SBS2003 - and then only after a series of updates - and you want it to be supported on a soon-to-be 10 year old system?
        Only by adding it manually to a 2K system do you have a chance it will work!
        TIA

        Steven Teiger [SBS-MVP(2003-2009)]
        http://www.wintra.co.il/
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        • #5
          Re: Connecting Vista to SBS 2000

          Martin,

          I administer a SBS 2000 network with 3 Vista notebooks (the rest of the workstations is XPP) and it works remarkable well. And yes, it is a can of worms: each time you have to check whether programs are compatible with their environments.
          The reason I have this situation is that my client will upgrade to SBS 2008 and then these notebooks will be state of the art...

          Regards,

          Leen Kleijwegt
          CORBUS, Netherlands
          Dedicated Small Business Server Specialist

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