[ale] DHCP and M$

Alan Dobkin ALE at OmniComp.Org
Wed Feb 25 14:18:21 EST 2004

Responding to my own message....  :-)

Another nice feature in the WinXP network configuration window
is the new "Support" tab under the Status window.  It shows
the current IP address/mask/gw and whether it's static or DHCP.
It also has the same Repair button mentioned below to release
and renew the DHCP lease.  And, if you click on Details, it
basically shows what you see from ipconfig /all (including
MAC address, DHCP server address, lease details, etc.), in a
much more user-friendly format.


--On Wednesday, February 25, 2004 2:08 PM -0500 Alan Dobkin 
<ALE at omnicomp.org> wrote:

> Here's a solution for you to try:
> Since you mentioned WinXP specifically, it has a feature called
> "Repair" in the network  control panel, which is basically the
> same thing as an ipconfig /release && ipconfig /renew.  One
> difference is that it works for regular (non-admin) users.
> So, the solution is to enable the checkbox that says "Show
> icon in notification area when connected" for your network
> card, which will put the icon in the systray.  Then your
> users can simply right-click on it and select "Repair".
> Alan
> --On Wednesday, February 25, 2004 12:14 PM -0500 James Kinney
> <jkinney at localnetsolutions.com> wrote:
>> Sorry to ask this here as it is truly a M$ problem.
>> WinXP seems to aggressively cache DHCP client settings. So much so
>> that plugging in a laptop into another network and rebooting will
>> not reset the ip address. It will keep the original one unless
>> ipconfig /release, ipconfig /renew are run manually.
>> The problem: User must be a power user or higher to run those
>> commands. _THESE_ users should never have power user status
>> Some setup details: The DHCP server that passes the address that
>> won't go away is set to have lease times of days. For the desktop
>> machines, this is OK. For the in-and-out laptops, this is a mess.
>> Could the extra long lease time be adding to the misery?
>> The more I use M$ servers the more I like pencil and paper.
>> --
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>> Local Net Solutions,LLC
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