Set IP address information on a client's NIC

Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP provide the Netsh utility, which, among its many capabilities, can configure the IP properties of NICs. To set a static IP address, use this format:

netsh interface ip set address local static <IP address>
<subnet mask> <gateway> <metric of gateway>

Here is an example:
netsh interface ip set address local static 1

To set a client's NIC DNS settings, run this command:

netsh interface ip set dns local static

To set a client back to DHCP, run these commands:

netsh interface ip set address local source=dhcp
netsh interface ip set dns local source=dhcp

Note: Some command lines wrap to two lines here because of space constraints.

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This was first published in June 2005

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