allowing end users in windows XP permission to release and renew their IP address.

Posted on 2005-05-10
Last Modified: 2008-03-10
looking for information on allowing end users in windows XP permission to release and renew their IP address. Anybody have info?
as a local admin, there is no problem with releasing and renewing. My users dont have admin rights to their systems.
Question by:EspanolaIT
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    Expert Comment

    Do you want the users themselves to complete the release/renew or are you planning on doing it for them?

    Author Comment

    I would like to have my end users be able to release and renew their own ip address.

    Author Comment

    I would like to grant them that right without giving them local admin rights
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    Accepted Solution

    If your users are connecting to a Windows Server, you can use DHCP to assign IP addresses to them (you may already be doing so).  Run DHCP from the Windows Server that is acting as Domain Controller, find the scope of IP addresses you are assigning and right-click on it.  Hit Properties and look at the entry "Lease Duration for DHCP clients".  Change this entry to what you prefer and your clients should start renewing their own IP addresses through DHCP at the assigned interval.

    You could also possibly achieve the same result through a user-rights change.  I think this article elaborates on the topic:

    Lastly, you could set up some sort of batch file that will accomplish the same result with elevated rights.

    Hope some of this helps.
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    Assisted Solution

    Hello EspanolaIT-

    What you are trying to accomplish, can be done using user rights assignment using a script. To do this do the following:

    - Click Start -> Run -> Type "gpedit.msc" (without quotes) in the run box and hit ok
    - This would bring up the local Group Policy on your machine.
    - Navigate to User Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Scripts (Logon/Logoff)
    - Then double click Logoff and specify a batch script there, that would simply release and renew the address

    Note that, this script would run in the System Context, so you dont need any username or passwords in there. A simple batch file with
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
    would do it for you. I know its a pain for the user to log off and log on, but is just a workaround in the meantime, better than making a user a Power User or Admin. Originally I had thought that there would definitely be a way of using "User Rights Assignment" in Group policy to do this, but so far I havent been able to find it.

    Thanks and Good Luck!

    Author Comment

    I have went the way of the scripts using proup policy objects.

    for all the help.

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