I'm at a loss as to how to proceed now. I'm setting up a new server with Windows 2012 R2. New install on a used server. If I leave the IP addressing as dynamic it can get to the gateway without issue. I can leave the DNS automatic or define it I've tested it and set it both 127.0.0.1 and 188.8.131.52 with an automatic IP and I have no issues.
If I set it to a static address I can no longer ping the gateway. I even set the static address to the same address it was getting from DHCP and it still times out trying to ping the gateway. However, I can ping any other active address! The gateway can ping the server in either configuration. What am I missing?