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Windows 7: Advice Needed for office relocation

21 Oct 2014   #1
guyinpasadena

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Advice Needed for office relocation

Hello,
We are moving our small business network to a new office and looking for advice to ensure a seamless transition (the movers come Sunday morning and I need to have the network up and running by Monday morning).
Our business network is wired and consists of 1 desktop PC and 2 laptop PC's that are networked running Windows7 Pro. Essentially the desktop PC acts as our "server" (it stores files that the laptops need to access on the wired network). After the move, our ISP will be Charter Communications with Static IP cable broadband. We currently use a Linksys E2000 wireless router at work, but after the move we will use an Edgewater 4550 Series router (for VOIP) with a Linksys E4200 Wireless Router (connected in bridge mode to the Edgewater router) and Linksys EZXS55W 5 port switch (connected to Linksys E4200).
I guess I am looking for any documentation, potential pitfalls, and time saving tips that would help facilitate the move from my friends at Windows Seven Forums. I am not technical but follow directions well and don't give up easily.
Thank you very much for your help!


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22 Oct 2014   #2
unsecur3d

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Kali Linux, Debian Linux
 
 

Honestly you have a pretty simple network setup, there is nothing to worry about other than making sure the networking equipment is connected and tested properly before you let the Charter techs walk away (I had charter before, verify their service works 100%, no lag before they leave). Other than this the only thing i could think of you have to do is probably re-set the ip settings either on the workstations or the router to match the network so computers are reachable within the network and can communicate.

Are u using AD or Workgroup ?
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22 Oct 2014   #3
guyinpasadena

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

We are using a Workgroup. I just want to be sure that the networked PC and laptops remain in the Workgroup after we move physical location and change routers from current Linksys E2000 to the VOIP router (Edgewater 4550) with the bridged Linksys E4200 and 5 port switch. My concern is limited time to get the network up and running. If there is a good reference guide along these lines I would appreciate it. Thanks for your help!
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23 Oct 2014   #4
Luponius

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

As long as you just want communication between the network, and mean to use just any workgroup setup, the Windows Help comes in handy: Join or create a workgroup - Windows Help

That's applicable for Windows 7. Frankly just ensure all the hardware has separate PC Names, which I'm assuming they do since you won't be formatting them, simply moving them. And as described above make sure their workgroup is the same.

Simply plug your server into the switch and connect your Laptops to your router, or whichever you intend to do this. As long as the hardware is setup to all fall within the same local network, they should communicate with one another without a hitch
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23 Oct 2014   #5
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

The only thing I would check is whether your IP subnet will stay the same. Is the "server" running a static IP address?

If so you will need to make sure that the new router will have the same DHCP scope as before so you can reach the server. Other than that I don't see any issues with this. Besides, its a small transition... there are companies that expect full racks of equipment to be moved overnight and working in the morning...

Josh
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27 Oct 2014   #6
guyinpasadena

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Hi there,

Well, the transition is nearly complete except for one issue -- there is a software program that worked fine prior to the move and now it is not. The program resides on the server -- when I go to run it on a client laptop, I get error message "unable to connect to remote server". I bet it has something to do with fact that the active networks for server and client laptop have different names (i.e., server is Network 3, client is Linksys12860). Wondering if the software program issue would be resolved if I could get the active network names to be the same. Or as Shadowjk said maybe it is IP related -- to my knowledge the "server" is not running static ip address (but I could be mistaken -- Charter is supplying static IP becuase the VOIP router demands this to function properly). The server and client are on same 5 port switch that connects the bridged Linksys router. Other than that, I can "see" files on the server from the laptop and vice versa. Thanks in advance for your help!
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27 Oct 2014   #7
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

If you sit at the server, will the software in question run?
Or do you get the same error?
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27 Oct 2014   #8
guyinpasadena

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

If I sit at the server the software works fine. The error occurs when I attempt to run the software from a networked client laptop. Very frustrating as it worked prior to moving physical location and changing router, ISP, etc. Thanks again!
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27 Oct 2014   #9
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Can you tell us what the software is?

On the client, does the software load and then give that error about not being able to connect to remote server? Or do you only see the error? Perhaps a screenshot would save us some words. Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Also, on the client:
Do you start this software via a shortcut?
If so, does that shortcut point to an EXE file on the server?
Or does it point to an EXE file on the client that in turn loads an EXE file from the server?

You mentioned that you can see files on the server while sitting at the laptop/client. What happens if you use Windows (file) Explorer to navigate to the server based EXE for this problematic software and attempt to start that software via double click?
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27 Oct 2014   #10
guyinpasadena

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I found a FAQ from the software publisher and turns out I had to open a windows firewall port on the server in order for the client machines to run the program. This is strange -- I did not have to mess with firewall settings previously in order for the clients to work. Now my concern is not connectivity but security. Any suggestions as to how to limit access to the port to just the two client laptops?

Thank you very much!
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