Apple/pc puzzle

Apple/pc puzzle

Post by brcltt » Fri, 26 Sep 2003 12:31:24


Hello all.
I work with Macs and PCs on a client/server LAN for a small nonprofit.
I have seven Macs, two running OS X (G4s), two more G4s running OS 9.x
and three imacs running 9 also. The rest are PCs. In the past two or
three days my Macs have been having some connectivity issues such as
taking a very long time connecting to the file server, or just
randomly losing connection to the Internet or the LAN.
On the PC server side, I am running Windows 2000 server with AppleTalk
via Routing and Remote Access services. I tried so many different
fixes, that I can't keep track of what I do to get things working
again. On one end, I have created an extra default AppleTalk Zone on
the W2k file server, for one Mac in particular that seems to lose
connection to everything (LAN and Internet) at exactly the same time
in the morning for the past two days, I have switched TCP/IP settings
from DHCP to BootIP back to DHCP again in order for it to behave. I
know I'm missing something here, but I'm desperate. Anyone have any
ideas?
My PCs seem to have no problems staying online.
Would using PCMaclan be a better alternative on the server than using
the Windows native AppleTalk to avoid this mess?