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vista & xbox connection issues
Hello Ladies & Gents,

I am a new user.

Sorry that I tend to be long winded. I am a linux user so bear with me. Some of this info won't mean much to most of you as it relates to the settings in the linux router.

OK, I moved the dhcp/dns/nat server I have been setting up to my main network. Lesson 1. do more testing. (this is built from old hardware)

It seams that I don't have local name resolution working when I thought I did. It does work somewhat with the one machine that migrated with the server in that the server name is recognized and resolved. Checking resolve.conf on the server reveals that my local name server is not there. I inserted it and did "/etc/init.d/networking restart" and it was gone.

The hosts file on the one working machine contains my local.only domain name and associated ip while the other machines don't have this info in that file. I did add it on my laptop but that didn't fix the problem.

Checking the bind config file through webmin reports no errors.

I have another problem that may be related. All my linux boxes and an xp box obtain their ip correctly, they are set static by my dhcp config, but 3 vista and 2 xbox's are unable to get an ip. If they are set manually they work but it puzzles me why they don't pick them up via dhcp.

I know the connection problem is not a hardware issue because 2 of the vista boxes run linux and pull their ip just fine in linux but don't in vista. Is their some specific setting for ip discovery that is needed by vista? Yes I do know that vista has connection issues but all of this hardware was working together before I brought the new server online.

The new server is doing some things that the old one didn't. Namely dns and assigned static ip's to most of my local machines. The server is striped down with no gui installed.

I am able to ping google by name through the server but I am unable to ping anything on my local network, weather by ip or name, including the server itself.

Looking through the log files this morning I can see where ip's are offered to the different vista and xbox's by their associated mac or from the dynamic range depending on the contitions but they are not being accepted by them.

I have been looking through my arnos-firewall config for some kind of mistake but don't see one. Thought that might be the problem, but it is clearly not the case for the ip problem. It may however be the cause of the dns problem.

Another observation is that page loading seams substantially slower than it use to be. I suspect my dns is not working correctly in it's cacheing mode.

All of this hardware was working together before I change out the server. To reiterate the problem.

5 linux boxes connect fine ( wireless and cat5)
1 xp box connects fine (cat5)
3 networked printers seam to work but have not really checked them yet.
3 vista boxes will not connect (wireless or cat5, or from the dynamic range of the router or the static ip's assigned by the router)
2 xbox's will not connect (cat5, dynamic range or static assigned by the router)

These 3 vista and 2 xbox's will connect if I go into each one of them and set them to a static ip in the range of my network. Then they have internet access, but name resolution does not work.

2 of the vista laptops dual boot with linux and connect fine in linux. The dhcp-server software is the same version on both the old server and the new one.

Does anyone have any idea how to correct this problem?
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