Changing Networks

Discussion in 'PC Technical Talk' started by Anthony R. Gold, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. I have some machines (Win98SE and WinXP) which need to be switched between
    different networks and I'd like any advice on how to do that easily.

    The PITA way is to enter the network specific properties manually into
    TCP/IP for each network before gaining access (and then that needs a
    reboot for Win98SE). A slightly easier way I found was to change network
    interface hardware and then have specific TCP/IP settings bound to each,
    so Windows PNP does the reconfiguration automatically. But is there any
    IP configuration software available which will save into a library these
    network configuration parameters (ip address, netmask, gateway and DNS
    servers) and then write them into interface drivers upon command?

    Anthony R. Gold, Jan 7, 2004
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    Michael Salem, Jan 7, 2004
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  3. Neil Rothwell, Jan 7, 2004
  4. Anthony R. Gold, Jan 7, 2004
  5. Run a DHCP server on the network. Both Win98SE and XP will sort
    themselves out without needing a reboot.

    Harry Broomhall, Jan 7, 2004
  6. I tried it and at first I thought it was YAPITA (yet another PITA) and
    that all the permutation of configurations (interfaces/IP settings) would
    first need to be built and installed and then saved out. And then I found
    the feature to export and import Stored Locations to and from plain text
    ..ini files so that settings could be pre-fabricated with only an editor,
    and now it all makes a lot more sense.

    This one's definitely a keeper.

    Thanks again,

    Anthony R. Gold, Jan 7, 2004
  7. Thanks for the suggestion, but many of these systems run pcAnywhere hosts
    (servers) for remote control and PCA remotes (clients) needs to know the
    host addresses - they can not do something as basic and useful as search
    across just the addresses of a netblock and within a given subnet mask.

    Anthony R. Gold, Jan 7, 2004
  8. Anthony R. Gold

    Paul Hopwood Guest

    That doesn't necessarily preclude you from running DHCP.

    Most DHCP servers allow you to have reserve addresses and assign them
    to specific devices based on MAC address, so it'll still effectively
    be 'static' but you'll have centralised management of addresses.

    Secondly, pcAnywhere will work with host names, so you if they're on
    the same network they should still be able to connect by name.

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    Paul Hopwood, Jan 7, 2004
  9. Thanks. My PCs are controlled not just from within the network but also
    from the Internet and having real static addresses has worked fine.

    Anthony R. Gold, Jan 8, 2004
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