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By mck51 ·
I have a functional Windows XP Pro system. I need to learn how to connect (as a client) to a Windows 2K DHCP server. This is my son's project, but my online access is suffering while trial & error prevail. Is there a concise step-by-step guide available? Our computers acknowledge each other but I can't get to the internet through the server (Windows 2K DHCP). What needs to be done? Thanks for your assistance.

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Step-by-step how to setup this group?

by timwalsh In reply to Step-by-step how to setup ...

Where does this DHCP server exist (i.e. is it local to the XP computer or does it belong to the ISP)?

There is nothing you can do to force a connection to a DHCP server other than ensuring you have connectivity and your TCP/IP properties are set to obtain an IP address automatically. The actual connection between a DHCP server and a client computer seeking an IP address occurs during the boot process.

The following are based on the assumptions that you have a broadband connection to theInternet (vs. dial-up) and that this connection worked properly at one time.

Assuming the DHCP server is working properly, connectivity and TCP/IP settings on the client computer are the 2 biggest culprit.

Step 1. Ensure TCP/IP properties arecorrect. In Control Panel | Network and Dialup Connections | Local Area Connection | Properties | Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) properties | General tab - ensure that both "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically" are both checked.

Step 2. Ensure (as best you can) that your network interface card (NIC) is functioning properly. Check the Device Manager at Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Computer Management | System Tools | Device Manager. UnderNetwork Adapters, first ensure that your particular adapter exists. Second, when you double-click on the adapter, make sure that under "Device status" it says "This device is working properly."

Step 3. Although this sounds basic, physically check to ensure you have a proper connection between your computer and the Cable / DSL Modem and a proper connection between the Modem and your wall connection (sometimes just a little added stress on the cable,especially near the connection, can interrupt a good connection).

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Step-by-step how to setup this group?

by timwalsh In reply to Step-by-step how to setup ...

When you mention 'your computers acknowledge each other', are you talking your XP computer and the DHCP server, or multiple computers on a home network? How do they "acknowledge" each other?

Step 4. Ensure you have followed all appropriate setup instructions from your ISP.

If after checking these things, you are still unable to receive a DHCP supplied IP address, you may need to raise this issue with your ISP's tech support.

Of course, if you have more than just a basic connection (i.e. computer <--> modem <--> Internet), there are many other possible factors that may come into play depending on your specific setup.

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Step-by-step how to setup this group?

by mck51 In reply to Step-by-step how to setup ...

My son is a 1st year college student with an interest in networking, he has verified all address twice. The W2K Server accesses the internet via a dial-up connection (This is at our house) the server can access the internet perfectly and the client is able to get an IP address for the DHCP server with no problems, file sharing works, and the client can access a web site that is run off of the server, but not an external address. The client is unable to ping, or communicate in any way with an external server.

We are using Windows 2000 Advanced Server

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