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Force winipcfg to select a specific dhcp scope

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I have a fiber backbone spanning several buildings (Class B) and for high availability, there are routers with frame relay for fallback. To effectively use DHCP, the clients from each building must receive an IP from a specific scope (Class C) so the routers can work if the Fiber gets cut. How do I make the client draw from a specific scope on the dhcp servers? Is there a Winipcfg.exe switch that will do this? I can put it in the logon script.
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DHCP is one of the very first mechanisms that start during the initialization of the network stack.  Winipcfg has nothing to do with the boot process, it only displays the current ip adresses and can restart the dhcp process.  It has no control on the boot process.

In order to archive your goal i think you will have to install a dhcp server in each building, and segment the backbone using ruoters.  You don't want all this broadcast traffic to pollute your complete wan dou you ?

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This isnt the answer you are looking for but the program winipcfg.exe only allows you to view the computers present network configuration. It won't and cant select items for you.

What you need is to set up a bootp server/dhcp. this will allow you to assign ip ranges to each of the buildings. the dissadvantage is that you have to know all of the hardware addresses for the NICs of the clients so you can setup the bootp's database(table)
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we use a bootp server to control ip address asignment for the student residential network at the college I am attending.
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and we are in the same situation...... 9 buildings speerated by 100 base tx or fiber
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