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Setting Up Static Ip Vista

It is very important to setup a static ip address, if you are going to use port forwarding. When you have port forwarding setup, your router forwards ports to an ip address that you specify. This will probably work when you initially set it up, but after restarting your computer it may get a different ip address. When this happens the ports will no longer be forwarded to your computer's ip address. So the port forwarding configuration will not work.

Setting Up Static Ip Vista

Dynamic vs Static IPs Most routers assign dynamic IP addresses by default. They do this because dynamic ip address networks require no configuration. The end user can simply plug their computer in, and their network will work. When ip addresses are assigned dynamically, the router is the one that assigns them. Every time a computer reboots it asks the router for an ip address. The router then hands it an ip address that has not already been handed out to another computer. This is important to note. When you set your computer to a static ip address, the router does not know that a computer is using that ip address. So the very same ip address may be handed to another computer later, and that will prevent both computers from connecting to the internet. So when you asign a static IP addresses, it's important to assign an IP address that will not be handed out to other computers by the dynamic IP address server. The dynamic IP address server is generally refered to as the dhcp server.

The name server entries are a bit complicated. Name Server is just another name for DNS(domain name server) server. Some router's act as a proxy between the actual name servers and your computer. You will know when this is the case, because the Default Gateway will list the same ip address as the Name Servers entry. We need to have the correct Name Server IP addresses. If we do not, you will not be able to browse the web. There are a couple ways to get these. The first way is to log into your router's web interface, and look at your router's status page. On that page you should see an entry for DNS Servers, or Name Servers. Write down the ip adresses of your Name Servers. Another way to get the correct Name Servers to use, is to give your ISP a call. They should know the ip addresses of your Name Servers right off. If they ask you why you need them, you can tell them you are trying to setup a static IP address on your computer. If they try to sell you a static external ip address, don't buy it. That's an entirely different thing that what you are trying to setup.

Step 11:Before you make any changes, write down the settings that you see on this page. If something goes wrong you can always change the settings back to what they were! You should see a dot in the Obtain an IP address automatically box. If you do not, your connection is already setup for a static ip. Just close all these windows and you are done.

Select Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS Server address automatically, as shown in the figure below. These may be selected by default. Then click OK to save setting.

2) Select Use the following DNS server addresses, as shown in the following figure. And then type the DNS server IP address, which should be provided by your ISP. Finally, remember to click OK to save settings.

2) Select Use the following DNS server addresses, as shown in the following figure. And then type the DNS server IP address, which should be provided by your ISP. If necessary, then click OK to save the settings.

The steps required to setup up a static IP address are rather straightforward, but the process is a bit different from Windows Vista and XP.Let's go through the steps now and configure a static IPv4 address in Windows 7.Static IPv4 Configuration in Windows 7The first thing that must be done is to gain access to the Network and Sharing Center in Windows 7. This can be done in one of two ways; the first way to access it is via the control panel.Select the Windows 7 Orb on the bottom left-hand corner and select the control panel option as shown below:There are several views which are available for the control panel; by default the category view is used. When using the category view the option that you need to select is called View network status and Tasks, as highlighted below.This will bring you to the Network and Sharing Center.The second way to gain access to the Network and Sharing Center is to utilize the network icon which is displayed in the system tray when a network interface has been enabled.When this icon is right-clicked the option to open the Network and Sharing Center is given as shown below:Once the Network and Sharing Center is open there is an option which allows the change of adapter settings which is shown in the upper left hand corner of the window. This is shown highlighted in the following figure (click on the image to enlarge):Once in the Network Connections window, an interface must be selected which is going to be configured with the static IP address. In the following example, both a wired and wireless interface are shown as examples.For the purposes of this article the wired interface will be used as the interface being given a static IP Address.By right-clicking on the correct interface a sub-menu is shown; from this menu select the properties option.Once the properties option is selected the interface properties windows will be displayed. This screen gives the option to configure a number of different network parameters.Since we want to change the interface IPv4 IP address this option must be selected from the window. Once this option is selected the properties button will be enabled; press the properties button.Once the properties button is pressed the IPv4 properties window is displayed which shows that the interface is currently configured to obtain both its IP address and its DNS server information automatically.In order to change to a static IP address the option to Use the following IP address must be selected; once this is done the option to enter the IP address parameters is enabled and the Use the following DNS server addresses option is selected.For the purpose of this article the IP address is used with a subnet mask of and a default gateway of The DNS server which will be configured is options are shown in their correct locations in the following figure:Once these options have been entered on the screen simply press Ok on both property screens and the configuration of a static IP is complete.The knowledge of static IP configuration is vital in modern organizational environments as many do not completely utilize automatic IP assignment; it is also vital knowledge when trying to troubleshoot IPv4.If you're still running a Vista system, here's where you can learn how to configure an IP address in Windows Vista.Ready to test your skills in Windows 7? See how they stack up with this assessment from Smarterer. Start this Windows 7 test nowGet our content first. In your inbox.1041Redirect LinkThank you! Your information has been submitted.Loading form...

The point of configuring a static IP is so the network device doesn't change IPs. The DHCP server on the network keeps track of which IP addresses are available and which are in use. When you configure a machine with a static IP, then the DHCP server will ping that IP and know that it is in use before handing it out. If a DHCP server is ready to hand a specific IP and does not receive a ping response, then it will hand out that available IP.

Any device on the network which provides a resource like file sharing, printing etc. should have a static IP. Network devices like servers, routers, switches and printers should all have static IP addresses configured to ensure the users can always communicate with them.

As you learned early in this article, network devices that provide network resources should have a static IP. This is important to ensure a client does not lose resources like file sharing, printer sharing, DHCP server etc. When setting up a home network, your home router should have a static IP address and your home server should also have a static IP.

You have now configured this machine with static Windows VistaIP settings. Test your default gateway by pinging it in the commandprompt or going to a website. Your default gateway IP address is usuallyyour local router. This can be your home Linksys router or any otherrouter.

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This can't be this difficult... I want to set static IP address info for a Vista unattended install. Looking through WSIM, I can't find a single place for this. It looks like it is spread out in a couple of places like Microsoft-Windows-TCPIP_6.0.6000..._neutral, and Microsoft-Windows-DNS-Client...


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