wireless adapters not working with SBS 2008

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  1. mrecomm101

    mrecomm101 Guest

    I'm trying to get a wireless adapter to work with SBS 2008. I'm using a
    Linksys WUSB100 wireless adapter. I'm using VISTA 64 drivers. The adapter
    installs ok, or seems to. When I go to network connections, it says the
    wireless connection is disabled. When I go to enable it, it cycles through
    and goes back to disabled. Properties view says "device working properly".
    Error on the enabling says there's something wrong with the hardware. Linksys
    has been useless.

    I'm starting to get this sinking feeling that Windows SBS 2008 doesn't want
    you to have a wireless connection as its main connection. It has a love for
    the hardwire.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

    -- Steve
     
    mrecomm101, Feb 5, 2009
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  2. You're right. It doesn't like wireless. This is really Server 2008, which
    doesn't much like wireless either. Your best bet is something like a D-Link
    DWL-G820 which will mask the wireless from SBS. Another, faster and more
    interesting option would be the Dlink DAP-1522 or 1555.

    You can enable wireless by opening the main Server Manager, and adding the
    "Wireless LAN Service" feature. But, ultimately, you really want your server
    to be sitting on a wired network.
     
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Feb 5, 2009
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  3. Hello Steve,

    Thank you for posting here.

    According to your description, I understand that:

    The wireless adapter on SBS 2008 server doesn't work properly.

    If I have misunderstood the problem, please don't hesitate to let me know.

    Suggestions:
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    From the description, it seems that the driver for the wireless adapter for
    64 bit Vista doesn't work for Windows Server 2008. You may contact the
    vendor for more information about the Windows Server 2008 compatible
    driver. To get a list of hardware that is certified for Windows Server
    2008, you may access the Windows Server Catalog site from:

    Windows Server Catalog
    http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/

    General speaking, we don't recommend to use the wireless adapter on a
    server. It is less stable than the wired connection. Could you please
    explain the reason why you need a wireless adapter for a sever?

    Hope it helps. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not
    hesitate to let me know



    Best regards,
    Miles Li

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    Miles Li [MSFT], Feb 5, 2009
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    Leythos Guest

    Why would you even think of considering a Wireless connection for a
    server?

    USB Wireless devices are the bigged crap hardware out there,
    intermittent at best, problematic always.

    A server needs a physical wired connection to the main network switch
    that is shared by the other workstations.
     
    Leythos, Feb 5, 2009
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  5. That answer won't work and is incorrect. The OP must first install the
    Wireless LAN Feature using Server Manager before ANY wireless will work.
     
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Feb 5, 2009
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  6. Hello Charlie,


    Thanks for the sharing.

    Yes, you may enable WLAN Auto Configuration service and configure WLAN
    AutoConfig for automatic startup. For more information you may refer to:

    Wireless LAN Service Overview
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc730957.aspx

    Hope it helps. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not
    hesitate to let me know.


    Best regards,
    Miles Li

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    Miles Li [MSFT], Feb 6, 2009
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    I understand what you're saying Russ and agree. But my client is insisting
    and this will be a low use server. A couple of outside users need to connect
    to update QuickBooks and that's all!
     
    mrecomm101, Feb 7, 2009
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    mrecomm101 Guest

    Charlie,

    That's exactly what I waslooking for but couldn't find!

    Thank you so much for that tidbit!
     
    mrecomm101, Feb 7, 2009
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    mrecomm101 Guest

    Charlie, you're BRILLIANT!! Just what I was looking for and everything is
    working very well.
     
    mrecomm101, Feb 7, 2009
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  10. Probably more than I do. You know what happens with us old farts and short
    term memory...
     
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Feb 8, 2009
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  11. Well, I promise you, if you want 1,000, I'm _sure_ we can work something
    out. ;) But make sure to corner me the next time we're at the same event.
    I'll be happy to sign yours. (This offer holds true for anyone here in the
    NG, actually. I don't mind at all.)

    Make sure you post up a review on Amazon, if you would. People find them
    helpful in making decisions about their book purchases.
     
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Feb 8, 2009
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  12. Hello,

    Yes, Russ. It is absolutely not a good practice to implement a server.

    Mrecomm,

    If you need to extend the clients of the SBS server in the further, you may
    have the SBS server connect to a simple switch connect and also connect a
    wireless AP for wireless clients. If you have any further questions, please
    hesitate to let us know.


    Best regards,
    Miles Li

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    Miles Li [MSFT], Feb 9, 2009
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    Hi All.

    I found the information here to be VERY helpful & have decided to switch my next idea & use the WLAN I have installed.

    Having an issue setting up a small/micro-business server. A super simple set-up, the server is connected to 2 clients through an ethernet cable in the back that is connected to a cisco router:
    Server (SBS & QuickBks) > > Cisco Small Business Router < < 2 Client Computers

    So, I am trying to install SBS 2008 and my WLAN is not being recognized when SBS tries to complete the set-up. These are the types of messages I get in the Device Manager:

    1. Network Adapters - ! Realek RTL8168/8111 Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.0)

    Device Status: This device cannot start. (Code 10)

    Resource Settings: This device isn't using any resources because it has a problem.

    2. Other Devices

    A.- ! Network Controller


    Device Status: The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28). To reinstall the drivers for this device click Reinstall Driver.

    Resource Settings: This device isn't using any resources because it has a problem.

    B.- ! SM Bus Controller

    Device Status: The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28). To reinstall the drivers for this device click Reinstall Driver.

    Resource Settings: This device isn't using any resources because it has a problem.

    I have a NIC coming tomorrow so that I can complete the set-up without leaning on the WLAN... however I am REALLY excited by the idea that I can set everything up as is.

    I am trying to follow instructions in how to start Wireless Lan Auto-Config... but I can not fully install the actual OS. Any ideas?

    Best Wishes,
    NCStand
     
    NCStand, Apr 11, 2011
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    GOT IT! Mystery Solved... for me.

    It took a few tries, just like people have said. But I am up & running. What a relief. Guess I am returning the Ethernet Network Controller & the Hub I ordered just in case.

    The trick is in finding the correct ".inf" files for the NIC (Network Controller, Adapter, WLAN, Wired LAN, Ethernet LAN - they all do the same thing). The other Yellow triangles and exclamation points will hopefully fix when the correct Network Controller ".inf" is added. At least mine did.

    In the end, here is a re-cap of my final steps... in case it is helpful.

    Note: I had to restore my Acer Computer back to it's manufacturer's setting several times. I would boot from the SBS 2008 Disc 1... try to get the Network Controller to become recognized during installation... give-up & restore the manufacturer settings. Delete all the strange and unnecessary programs from the computer (Netflix, Nook Reader, New York Times, Bing, Windows Live...). Then boot again from Disc 1.

    1. I downloaded ALL the download options for the type of LAN I had installed (wireless). Mine was being recognized by SBS 2008 as a Realtek RTL8168/8111 Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.0) (which I don't think it is exactly, but that is besides the point) so I went to this link on the manufacturer's website: Realtek and downloaded (1) Vista and WinServer 2008 Driver, (2) Vista and WinServer 2008 Auto Installation Program, (3) Win7 and WinServer 2008 R2 Auto Installation Program, (4) Windows Diagnostic Program. I searched all these downloads for ".inf" files. Moved them all onto a thumb drive & stuck it in a USB port on the Computer before I even started it up.

    2. When I chose the C drive of the computer to install Windows Small Business Server 2008, I also requested that it be formatted. I found the option in the advanced options just above and to the left of the NEXT button. Not sure if this was essential. But on the last try, I had made this request.

    3. As usual, the same issues were coming up with the Network Controller Adapter not being found & the same yellow triangles with exclamation marks were being shown by the Network Controller & the SM Bus Controller (see my posting two threads above for the particulars). So I opened the Device Manager as the set-up instructed. (Every window I advanced to during the set-up was readily accessible, I did not do any tricky searching of my computer to access the Device Manager or when trying to install the ".inf" files)

    4. I clicked on Realtek Controller (the actual item with the exclamation point next to it). Clicked around in the window that popped-up & searched for the Network Controller I wanted to install & use in it's place. It gave me list of manufacturer's and then to the right a list of models. (Similar to when I would search for a printer driver on my Windows Computer). So I chose Realtek as the manufacturer & then I chose the one that was originally listed with the exclamation mark, on the right side of the screen: Realtek RTL8168/8111 Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.0). The system asked that I now install the driver. I clicked to browse so I could find the thumb drive & clicked on the main file that contained all the ".inf" options. The computer chose the ".inf" itself, I did not have to click each document to try them out.

    5. A warning window popped-up telling me that this component might not work with my operating system & I shouldn't continue... but I did anyway... I had already restored my Manufacturer's Setting several times, so I didn't care.

    6. By the time I was done there were three components listed under Network Controller. Two of which had exclamation points, one on top that didn't... I guess it only takes one. I closed the Device Manager & clicked the link asking me to check the status of my Network Controller... and I moved on to the next step.

    That is it. Persistence, patience... understanding that there is possibly no fix... but in the end it would hopefully work out. It took me a while to get a little more aggressive, click around more in the computer, not be afraid to mess everything up (you can just restore everything on a new computer).

    Everyone was right... you just have to keep trying, the trick is in finding the correct ".inf" files & then it has to work eventually...
     
    NCStand, Apr 12, 2011
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