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By tom.morris ·
I have an intermittent problem that I'd like to describe.

In one of my remote sites, a few DHCP clients get all of the parameters sent to them by the DHCP offer (IP address, subnet mask, def gateway, etc. A show of the ipconfig/ all on the host confirms this, and a packet trace of the DHCP negotiation also confirms that all parameters are sent to the client.

However, the client can't ping anything outside of it's local subnet. Normally, that would indicate a bad or missing default gateway. But, the default gateway is assigned by DHCP and it is showing correctly on the client.

Now, if I assign a static IP address and other network information to these PC's, they do become functional outside of the local LAN.

Has anyone else seen this occur? I'm using Cisco 1841 router at the remote site with the proper IP helper address statements, and Windows 2000 DHCP server at the HQ site.

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