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TCP/IP Configuration Settings

Created: 25 May 2006 • Updated: 26 May 2006
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Here's a handy reference for when you're working with Deployment Solution and need to remember how to configure TCP/IP. This is sure to take the devil out of the details.

Enter TCP/IP settings for one or more network adapters. Click Advanced to view or setup IP interfaces, DNS, WINS, and static routes. For computer groups, click Associate to assign a range of pre-defined IP addresses.

Host Name Field: The DNS name of a device on a network. The name is used to locate a computer on the network.

Network Adapter Field: A list of all network adapters installed in the selected computer.

The network adapter with the lowest bus, device, and function number will be the first listed (NIC0 - zero based). If the bus, device, and function information cannot be determined for a network adapter, it will be enumerated in the order it is detected.

When configuring multiple network adapters, make sure that one network adapter is not using an Intel Universal NIC driver (commonly called UNDI driver) to connect to Deployment Server. If one network adapter uses the native driver and one uses an UNDI driver, then your computer will display twice in the console.

  • Add. Enter new settings for additional network adapters installed on the client computer.
    You can add "virtual" network adapter settings to send a job to a computer group containing computers with varying numbers of network adapters. If a computer in the group has only one network adapter, then it will be configured only with the IP settings listed first. If IP settings are provided for additional network adapters not present in the computer, then they will be disregarded.
  • MAC Address. The MAC address is a unique number assigned to the network adapter by the manufacturer. You are unable to change this number. The MAC address displays in this box when viewing computer configuration settings. This box is shaded when creating a Modify Configuration task.
  • DNS connection Suffix. Enter this to add domain suffixes to the root address.
  • Use DHCP to obtain an IP address. Select this to obtain an address from a DHCP server.
  • Assign a static IP address. Select this to set common static IP address values.

Reboot After Configuration: To restart the computer after modifying configuration.

TCP/IP Advanced Options - IP interfaces

IP Interfaces (Linux and NT type only). Click Add to view or set named interfaces for this network adapter. Use this tab to view or add TCP/IP addresses to an existing network adapter card on Linux or an NT type operating system.

Common IP Information

IP Address Field: IP address common to all interfaces.
Subnet mask Field: Enter the appropriate subnet mask.

Linux Specific

Interface Name: Establish Linux-specific IP interface settings. Make sure you use the "eth" syntax when naming new interfaces. Example: eth0:1 or eth0:new interface.
Broadcast Address: Enter the Broadcast address for the specified IP interface.
Interface State: The default value of the interface state is Up, which denotes that the named interface is operating. You can shut down the named interface by selecting Down.

TCP/IP Advanced Options - Gateway

Add a Gateway address for this network adapter. If using a static IP address, select the address and click Add or Modify. Use the Up and Down arrows to move an address to the top of the list to set the primary address.

TCP/IP Advanced Options - DNS

Add a DNS address for this network adapter. If using a static IP address, select the address and click Add or Modify. Use the Up and Down arrows to move an address to the top of the list to set the primary address.

DNS Server Address: Add additional Domain Naming Servers (DNS) for this network adapter.

Append these DNS Suffixes (in order): Add the name of the Domain Suffix, and then use the Up and Down arrows to set the DNS suffix search order.

TCP/IP Advanced Options - WINS

Add a WINS address for this network adapter. If using a static IP address, select the address and click Add or Modify. Use the Up and Down arrows to move an address to the top of the list to set the primary address.

Add additional WINS settings for this network adapter. Select Enable or Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, or Use NetBIOS settings from DHCP server for this network adapter.

Note: Windows 95/98/ME operating systems do not allow editing this information. The Deployment Console will disable the edit feature on those types of clients.

Resource: Altiris Deployment Solution 6.5 Reference Guide