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DHCP question?

RICuser asked
Last Modified: 2013-11-13
HI everyboby there is the questoin( not sure if it is  a DHCP related or Windows OS related):

You are in Windows 2000 Server DHCP console.
In the right windows pane you can see all of the current address leases with their computer name, lease time , MAC address etc.
The last column is 'Description'.
I want to be able to more easily identify each of the DHCP clients ( for example room location or computer owner etc.).
My question is:

Can I acomplish this by using he last column ( Description) and if yes , how?

I know that when I do a reservation for an address then I can put some extra description in this column but how does it work with 'regular' , not reserved leases?

I appreciate your help.
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im affraid you are SOL... this description field is only used for reserved DHCP addresses,, not for regular leases.... created a reserved client and test if for yourself.
I believe the names of those showing under the "Name" column in address leases is the Computer name that was setup on each client.  You can rename those to better help you identify them in your list.

Hope that helps!
...continued from above.  On your computer client, go to My Computer and right-click, go to properties, then click the Network Identification tab, then click the "properties" button.  On computer name, rename it to something more to your liking.


BeerAngel:   ..."rename it to something more to your liking"

Yes, I would like to do this but a company policy says to let users choose their own computer names.So that won't help me here:-(


mikeleebrla :    ..."the 'description' field is only used for reserved DHCP addresses"

In other words, to get to use this field ( 'description') I must make  a reservation for each client ?!!! :-(
The computer name is only for network purposes as I see it as a network admin.  I can't see it as being beneficial to the user of that particular machine IMHO.  Maybe I'm closed minded ;-)

I know of no other way to help you other than make a spread sheet telling you what computer name goes to what office.

Good luck!
DICuser,,, yes the description field is only for reservations,,, its there to remind you why you gave that machine a reservation ... Windows 2000/2003 is designed so that all clients/workstations should get their address via dhcp.

>Yes, I would like to do this but a company policy says to let users choose their own computer names

Best advice is to get the company to change policy - present it to them this way:

"You have a choice of wasting money by allowing users to enjoy some modicum of meaningless vanity regarding company owned equipment, or you can save money by allowing IT staff the freedom to configure company owned equipment in a more efficient manner."

If they choose option A, then I can't see how it's your problem.  Just blame everything that hasn't yet been done on the fact that you're constantly having to waste time chasing down which computer has which IP.  They'll come around (hehe)...


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I have a suggestion...ask the person (who thinks naming their pc themselves is most important) to show you where it shows up on their pc.  See if they can show you.  If they can't, then use that for more information when bargaining to change company policy.  Tell them to type their computer name on folder labels and stick it to their monitor, then they can actually find the pc's name and it doesn't affect you.  ;-)  I dont' mean to come across so sarcastic, but seems silly to me.  


chicagoan :....The MAC address is the last word on a computer's identity.

Yes,I think I could do that with our Cisco switch.It is a better solution than the situation now , it is time consuming dough.

Thanks all for your suggestions.
cisco -fer sure

Get you labels done first - room 302 is more descriptive than fastethernet 0/2
there are two flavors of the command depending on the switch

sh cam dynamic
sh mac
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