arp -a

Why would an arp -a command return nothing on a properly functioning W2K system? The system is properly configured with IP it is able to browse the net, etc. I wonder why it is not returning anything for arp. It has a static IP address.
mazsolaAsked:
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Joel MillerDevOps EngineerCommented:
Well if you already have connections or had connections recently to certain machines through some other machines then the arp cache would have entries. This will ensure that new arp entries are added into the cache by pinging.
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Joel MillerDevOps EngineerCommented:
try pinging a few machines and then rerunning the arp -a command.

See if that adds some entries.
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mazsolaAuthor Commented:
Are you sure? On my server, I had my arp command work just fine without pinging any one. Why would that be?
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Joel MillerDevOps EngineerCommented:
Is there more you needed for this. I don't feel that you finally did arrive at the answer you needed. Or did you?
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mazsolaAuthor Commented:
I will try pinging, but I am not sure that is the solution.

Thanks
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Joel MillerDevOps EngineerCommented:
No, pinging is not the solution and that was what I was trying to say. Pinging is a troubleshooting tool that will hopefully manually populate the  arp cache. If it does not, then we can take it from there...
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mazsolaAuthor Commented:
OK, I will try it and let you know what I have found out. I will be testing it on some systems later today.
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Joel MillerDevOps EngineerCommented:
OK. Please make sure never to accept an answer until you are satisfied. Since this question is PAQed, no other experts will see it or contribute to it although there are many that could possibly help you a great deal...
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