Can't connect a client - "Acquiring network address"

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Mike Webb, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. Mike Webb

    Mike Webb Guest

    SBS 2003 Premium LAN.

    A visitor with an up-to-date Panasonic laptop needs access to the internet.
    Got his computer name, added it through Server Manager, plugged his laptop
    into the network -- but his NIC keeps trying to "acquire a network address".
    I've tried settings for TCP/IP, etc. Ensured that a DHCP address is
    available. Can't get it to stop. Been going on for about 2 hours now.
    What can I try???
    Mike Webb, Feb 24, 2006
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  2. Mike,

    Why are you adding this visitor to your domain if he only needs Internet
    access? From your last posts, you are not running ISA on your server and
    you only have a single NIC that is active in your SBS server. I presume
    your router is actually providing DHCP service for your network.

    Have you tested the Ethernet cable, jack, switch port and/or router port for
    proper operation? If you plug the laptop directly into a port on the
    router, can it acquire an IP address? Does he have a firewall on his
    laptop? You might also try an

    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
    Merv Porter [SBS-MVP], Feb 24, 2006
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  3. Also, make sure the wired NIC is enabled (and maybe disable the wireless
    NIC) in Device Manager on the laptop.

    Does the laptop problem go away if you set a static IP address, Subnet Mask
    and Gateway in the TCP/IP settings of the laptop?

    I assume this is a built-in wired NIC and not a USB NIC.

    Merv Porter [SBS MVP]

    Merv Porter [SBS-MVP], Feb 24, 2006
  4. Mike Webb

    Mike Webb Guest

    I'll give all a try. Thanks!

    Mike Webb, Feb 24, 2006
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