unreliable server2008 connection


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i'm hoping someone here can throw some light upon my problem...

We have numerous pc's, in a workgroup, all connected to a router, which acts as the DHCP server and the gateway to the internet.
We had an occasional server2003 added to the LAN for web developers to test, and browse, local websites.
(by typing http://projAA.comp.hq/ or http://projBB.comp.hq).

This all worked well by assigning to the PC's...
DNS1= (the development server)
DNS2= (the router).

This allowed everyone to always have access the internet,
and they could access the dev websites if and when the dev server was available (plugged in).

we now have a Server2008, setup just like before. Its replaced the Server2003.
very often some (random) dev website is unavailable.

i have discovered that if the dev server is on or off everyone has internet. =ok.
if i turn on the server, and remove DNS2, everyone has all the dev websites. =ok.
But the original setup is no longer reliable: the server doesnt seem to respond fast enough all the time.
And so the pc's move on to dns2 which of course knows nothing about local dev websites.

Are we just doing this wrong?
Can we make the dev server respond quicker?
or make the pc's wait a bit longer before giving up on dns1 and trying dns2?

Any ideas appreciated. Thanks.

My Computer

You might want to try looking for a answer in the Sevenfourms there will be allot more people there that can help you out.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (G0 Kentsfield) LGA775 (FC-LGA6)
    GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R (Rev. 2.1)
    Corsair TW3X4G1333C9A 4GB PC-10600 (2x XMS3 2GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS nVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (G92GT/D8P)
    Sound Card
    RealTek ALC885/889A/890
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ChiMei CMV CT-730D 17inch (LCD Monitor)
    Screen Resolution
    1280-1024 60Hertz (Ture Colour 32bit)
    Hard Drives
    2x Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3.0Gb/s 160-GB Hard Drive ST3160815AS (AHCI)
    SUPER FLOWER 500watt Plug in Leads 24pin ATX BLACK MODEL
    Thermaltake Shark (VA7000SWA ATX) Full Tower
    Front 120mm fan (1400 RPM) /Rear 120mm (1400 RPM) blue LED
    Labtec Media Desktop Y-SAD65
    Razer DeathAdder 3G Infrared Sensor (1800DPI)
    Internet Speed
    Telstra BigPond Elite Liberty ADSL2+ 24Mbps/256kbps
    Other Info
    ASUS PCE-N13 802.11n Wireless LAN card