I am having some difficulties in getting a DHCP client to access the
Internet. Currently, all the PCs in the LAN are using static IP
addresses and I want to gradually change all the client PCs from a
static IP to a dynamic IP.
I went through the necessary steps in adding and configuring the
Windows NT 4.0 server to provide the DHCP service which included
giving a pool valid IP addresses and a subnet mask in the Scope
Properties and then activating the scope. The Windows NT 4.0 server
is also running WINS, Workstation, Simple TCP/IP Services, plus other
services as well. Also this server is able to surf the Internet fine
and communicate to other devices on the LAN and has its own static IP
Next I configured the Windows 2000 Professional client PC by changing
the settings in the Local Area Connection which involves changing the
Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) properties to OBTAIN AN IP ADDRESS
AUTOMATICALLY and OBTAIN DNS SERVER SETTINGS AUTOMATICALLY.
After doing this, I check to see if I was able to communicate to the
LAN devices by using the PING command and the communication was
successful. But once I try to access the Internet with Internet
Explorer, Opera or Mozilla, I am not able to gain access to the
I check the server to view ACTIVE LEASES and saw the client IP address
and client computer name. The server definitely gave the client PC an
IP address. I also did a ipconfig and ipconfig /all to check the
client PC settings.
DHCP Enabled: Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled: Yes
IP Adress: 192.x.x.x
Subnet Mask: 255.x.x.x
DHCP Server: 192.x.x.x
Primary WINS Server: 192.x.x.x
Lease obtained: Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Lease expires: Friday, November 15, 2002
The Default Gateway field was blank and the DNS Servers field was
blank in the information above.
I also went into the server into the DHCP OPTIONS and added 003 Router
and 006 DNS Servers. (I am not too familiar with DHCP OPTIONS. Do I
need to configure these options?)
I was still unable to surf the Internet on the client PC.
If someone knows of way to properly configure DHCP, please let me
know. Right now I am back to the static IP address.