Changing IP address via registry change?
Posted on 1998-08-03
We have a remote (all svrs/wkstns apart from PDC offsite) network of 150 NT4 machines which is managed by Tivoli's Netfinity. We have been told by higher forces that all our IP addresses need to be changed. We of course can do this manually with Netfinity if i have nothing better to do for this month.
But I would like to do this by changing the IP address value in the registry for the NIC key under the 'ControlSet001' branch of 'LocalMachine' via the logon script.
This works very nicely for actually changing the address, BUT the process seems to put the 'Clone' branch of this hive in error (that is the message the registry gives when trying to view it after the change to 'ControlSet001').
To bring it out of error you need to make an address change under 'Network' in 'Control Panel'.
I understand that the 'clone' is an image of a clean start by 'ControlSet001 and is then used for 'Last known good'.
Can this change be made safely by this method, and what is the consequence of the 'Clone' key being left in error?
Is there a better/other automatic way to perform this that someone would suggest?