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Starting up Windows with all network adaptors disabled

Posted on 2006-07-17
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I know this is a slightly odd question, but does anyone know of a way of ensuring a Windows Server 2003 box starts up with its network adaptors disabled? I was wondering if during Windows startup I could do some kind of registry merge to disable the network controllers to make sure if a machine is rebooted it doesn't automatically try and connect to the network.

Any ideas?
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by:Gareth_Oakley
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Actually, if I swap in a completely different network card I'm guessing Windows won't try and give it the same IP configuration, right?

In that case, I'd be OK. Can anyone confirm this?
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How about disablin gthem right at the BIOS?
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http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q311272

Devcon.exe will allow you to do it via command line.  Maybe you can set a computer startup script for the server that runs and disables the interface
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You are right that if you swap in a different network card that Windows won't assign it an IP address...it will be set to the default of DHCP.  So it sounds like whatever you are wanting to make sure of, you are all set.  It won't be default have the same IP settings as the previous NIC UNTIL you decide to manually set it that way.
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OK - looks like you guys were quite eager to get in on this question :-)

glennbrown2 - you answered my original question (though I did update it in my first comment). Your answer could still yet be useful.
TheCleaner - you confirmed exactly what I needed to know.

Would you guys be happy for me to split the points? You both seem to have answered my question in one way or another, so I think thats fair. Since TheCleaner answered my final question, I'd be saying 350 that way and 150 to glennbrown2 - though I'm open suggestions as to how I split.
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i'm fine with that gareth....thanks
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It's all good to me...your call.
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Done - thanks guys :-)
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