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RIS Clients can't get IP from the DHCP server

Author: Yuval Sinay MVP

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The following knowledgebase will help you to resolve problem to get IP for RIS client

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When you deploy RIS server in the network, RIS clients may have problem to get IP from the

DHCP server and the following error massage may appear "No DHCP Servers Available".

However, regular clients doesn't have this problem.

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Using advanced network protocols or multi-homed client may create delay to receive

DHCP offer message. The delay creates a timeout error, and the client is stopped from waiting to

IP offer.

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1. Consider disable "STP" (Spanning Tree� Protocol) support on the local switches.

2. Setup the local switch ports that doesn�t use for up-link with "PortFast" or "Fast-Start" feature enable.
���� By enable this option, you may eliminate the need to�disable "STP" (Spanning Tree Protocol) support on the
��� �local switches

3. Consider disable "PAgP" (Port Aggregation Protocol) support on the local switches.

4. Change the Auto network speed detection�mechanism to manual. Configure static speed setting (For example 100 MB Full-Duplex)
�������� on the local ports switches.

5. If you are using multi-homed computer that connect to the local network, leave only one network adapter connect to the

6. If you are using PXE client, considerer to upgrade the PXE boot version to the latest one.

7. Review: Your RIS client may not be able to obtain an IP address during the PXE restart on Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000


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More information

How to boot the Windows Preinstall Environment from an RIS server by using PXE-enabled clients;en-us;304992&sd=tech

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Article Info
Article ID : 555477
Revision : 1
Created on : 10/13/2005
Published on : 10/13/2005
Exists online : False
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