Using DHCP Client on Windows 2008

I am configuring a laptop to use when demoing software. The OS is Windows 2008 R2.

I need to use DHCP so that I can access the internet when I am at a client site. So I have set both the IP Address and DNS Server to automatic. However, I am unable to get an IP address.

I thought it was the Windows Firewall so I disabled it and rebooted. Same problem. The DHCP Client service starts properly.

The network shows as "unidentified network" and access type says "no network access".

Any ideas on getting Win 2008 to work with DHCP?

Thanks very much,

John
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AustinComputerLabsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Does IPCONFIG /RELEASE -  IPCONFIG /RENEW from a command prompt give you any errors?
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243johnmAuthor Commented:
Thanks Austin. No error on /release. On /renew, it said "An error occurred while renewing Interface Local Area Conncection: unable to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out.".

I found that really bizarre. I had already changed the network cable in case that was the cause. On the port, the lights were on ... but I changed it again. Looks like I had two defective cables: it is now working properly!

Thanks,

John
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AustinComputerLabsCommented:
Glad it was that easy,
Enjoy your weekend.
Rick
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243johnmAuthor Commented:
I had noticed that it took a long time to renew before. I always stopped it ... until you suggested using it as a test. This time, I let it run all the way... If I had been more patient before, I would have figured it out myself!

John
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