Wierd DHCP Address 169.254

When setting my laptop to DHCP, I am getting an address 169.254.138.6 w/subnet 255.255.0.0
We do not use DHCP, so I am wondering where this address is coming from.
Is it possible that this is just an address assigned when no DHCP server can be found?

I tried to use DHCPEXPLORER and it did not detect any servers?

Thanks.
ainselybAsked:
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robertmahanNetwork EngineerCommented:
That would be correct.  This is the address range that the machine assigns if no DHCP is available.
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Jessie Gill, CISSPTechnical ArchitectCommented:
that address is teh default ip a macine gets if it can not reach a dhcp server or if it does not have a static ip.  It is called AIPA (Automatic Private IP Addressing)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/220874
check that link out gives more info
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Press2EscSystems IntegratorCommented:
Yep, no DHCP server to communicate with and the NIC configures itself with 169.254.x.x....  This is a common & complex problem when workstations that DO have DHCP enabled to pick up a dynamic IP.  The real problem with this 169.254 addy, is getting Windows to release the address and permitting the NIC to check (again) for a DHCP server.  Often the problem is a windows "socket" issue.

So ainselyb, are you online - no problem & this is only a question - or are you unable to get online b/c you are unable to release the AIPA addy and get a valid IP from your DHCP server?

P2E

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Press2EscSystems IntegratorCommented:
Hmmm, looks like ainselyb lost more than the dhcp servers.... ;)
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