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Clients not getting ip from DHCP after clone

A Windows domain with one DHCP, multicast Windows 7 image to 10 computers with same hardware, the first one restarted after the clone gets an ip from DHCP, all others get a 169 ip.  I put static ips 10.0.0.x on the other 9 computers, they cannot ping each other.  Tried "netsh int ip reset", "ipconfig /renew/flushdns", not working.  Then I did a multicast overnight again, the next day, the first computer restarted works fine, all others failed!  Tried again in the afternoon, nothing works.  Tried overnight, and the first one works!  It's been four days now, four computers work.

We do a lot of cloning before, no problem at all.

It's very stragne, please help, thanks!
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
before you clone you have to sysprep the machines.  You didn't so are now getting one of the unexpected consequences
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Jackie ManCommented:
Have you sysprep the computer before you do the cloning?

The physical address of the network card will be the same among all computers if you do not do a sysprep.
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tony tsuiAuthor Commented:
Yes, I sysprep the computer.

And I cloned another 30 machines with different hardware successfully during this same period of time.

???
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Michael PfisterCommented:
Even without using sysprep the MAC address will be derived from the physical network card, not from the cloned Image so this shouldn't be a problem. Its useful especially if you try to deploy to different hardware....

Ping could be blocked by Windows Firewall.

Anyway I'd check the network cable and switch port. Swap it with the working one and see if the problem moves.
Also check your DHCP server, maybe its scope is out of addresses...
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tony tsuiAuthor Commented:
Tried swapping ports and cable, DHCP has 75 addresses available.

The thing I can't understand is:  the same machine not working now, I just have to wait one day, clone again, and then it works!
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Michael PfisterCommented:
What tool are you using for cloning?

Have you tried deleting the network card from an affected computer and let Windows PnP redetect it?
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tony tsuiAuthor Commented:
I use Ghostcast Server.  Tried uninstall NIC, uninstall TCP, same.
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Michael PfisterCommented:
Just to make sure: ipconfig /all shows different MAC addresses on the different systems?
Anything in the Windows Eventlog regarding DHCP`?
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Jackie ManCommented:
It is likely that the image capture has a problem.

Have you verified the image?
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tony tsuiAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone.

Those machines were Windows XP before, so I tried to restore the previous image (I used this one to clone all the machines a few years ago) back to them.  Only the first one works.

It seems the DHCP only gives one new IP to those machines each day.  Is this possible?

Tried restart DHCP and DNS, use another switch, and still nothing.  Also, I can clone other machines without problem.
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Jackie ManCommented:
Those machines were Windows XP before

You upgrade to win 7, do a sysprep and capture the image?
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tony tsuiAuthor Commented:
I did a clean win 7 install, sysprep and capture the image.
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tony tsuiAuthor Commented:
The problem is gone now.

Found out that MAK limit is reached.  After Microsoft increased the limit, everything is fine now.

But I'm not sure if it's the cause or how, just sharing the info.
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