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Here is a weird one (for me anyway).

I want to set a static ip on a users desktop to 192.168.1.193, but get a conflict every time. We have no record of assigning that address (it is outside of our DHCP pool). When I ping it, I get a response, but when a do a "pathping" I don't get anything.

Is there any way to display the device name, or anything, holding this ip address? Or is there someway to disable/block it (then see who screams)?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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by:LHT_ST
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you could try running the command "nbtstat -a" from the command line, this would give you the mac address of the offending item.

if you have some kind of network infrastructure you should be able to trace the mac address to a port - then its either close the port and see who screams or trace the patching to see where it goes.
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Daniel Helgenberger earned 1500 total points
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You can use arp to get the MAC-Address. This usually tells you at least the vendor of the network card, giving you a clue what device it may be; since it looks in your arp cache ping it first:
ping 192.168.1.193
arp 192.168.1.193

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If you still cannot find it, your (managed) switch can show the switch port where it connects to. If everything else fails, block that MAC on the switch.
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by:djstewartnc
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Still working on it. Can't work a solution that requires a MAC address .... because I can't get it anywhere. Have considered blocking it from the Sonic Wall and see who screams ... but if no one does, I still need that ip address ....


I don't know ....

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My bad ... sorry guys. Using the arp -a wrong. Got my MAC address. Thanks for all the help.
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by:djstewartnc
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Great help. Confused over configuration of the arp -a command. Without the ip address it worked like a champ.
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by:Daniel Helgenberger
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Glad you could resolve the issue!
Hm, did not see the OS, did not know it is not implemented in Windows either - see what happens when Microsoft ports Unix commands ;)
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