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> Dhcp, win98 clients acting strange
post Aug 17 2004, 05:30 PM
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Hey evry1

This is more of a windows question but thought someone may have come across this...

I setup a redhat 9.0 gateway box a while ago... and its the dhcp server for the building. At the moment we have no way of controlling the students internet access so the tutors just disconnect their rooms from the rest of the network.

The problem occurs randomly on some of the clients.. We have 95,98,ME,NT,2K and XP clients.... so far i have only seen the problem on the 9X clients.

What happens is the machine gets its ip details eg...

and randomly the client somehow changes its subnet to

This then stops them from printing in the room as the print server machine (just another client in the same room) still has the correct subnet

I cannot see any other details that have changed. It wont be the students fooling around or anything its just an office skills course.

Any tips appreciated.

Here is my dhcp.conf from the server

default-lease-time 1209600;
max-lease-time 2592000;
ddns-update-style ad-hoc;
option domain-name-servers ,;

subnet netmask {
option routers;

The long leases are because i know that the tutors disconnect there rooms from the network from time to time.


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post Aug 18 2004, 06:06 AM
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This would be a problem only if the printer is on another network from the client ... ie, the printer is on, the client is, and there is a router of some kind in between. If the printer and computer are on the same physical segment (with no router in between), and the default gateway of the printer is set correctly, then it should still work.

I haven't seen this specific problem.

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post Aug 18 2004, 09:29 PM
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Cheers... yeah nah i talked to a guy i know he said sounds like something in win98 but it just cant see the network but its ok ill just put up with it... trying to get rid of them anyways...

Thanks hughesjr

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