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"network restart" equivalent in Windows OR: Auto-Restart network adapter if ping fails

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Hi,

some of our computers don't get the network configuration right after an automatic reboot at night. What we typically do to fix this problem is - of course - to either reboot the computer or "reboot" the network connection (In Network Neighbourhood right click on connection, disconnect and connect again).

Is there a way to automate this ?

Basically I want to do the following using Windows Scripting Host:

After reboot (in Autostart):
- ping a set of other computers
- if more than one remote computer cannot be pinged, the local computer probably does not have a network connection
- in this case disconnect and connect the network adapter

I think I can do the pinging part using VBScript (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/scriptcenter/network/scrnet04.mspx), but I am not sure about how to restart a network adapter - I'm missing something like the "/etc/init.d/network restart" from linux.

Any ideas ? Thanks in advance !
Holsche
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Derek_Neuberger earned 125 total points
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If this is an automatic reboot, I am assuming that it occurs at the same time each night... This being the case it might be easier to set up a batch file on each machine (depending on network configuration, should be able to implement remotely) to force it to renew its network settings.  For example:

In Windows 2000
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@echo off
ipconfig /release *
ipconfig /renew *
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You could then set this batch file to run at the appropriate time interval on each individual machine.

Remember that the syntax of the ipconfig switches can change from one operating system version to another; so if you have a heavily mixed network, this might not be the best solution.

Hope this helps,
Derek
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by:Holsche
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Thanks, I'll try that
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