About Windows IP

Hi Team,
   Is there anything called Primary IP and Backup Ip in windows ?
   Actually, I am working on automation of Infrastructure and I need to get the Primary IP and Backup IP for the windows virtual server. I was told to get it from ipconfig which gives me ethernet0 and ethernet1 & they also told there is no such concept in Windows however Linux we have such Ip's. Not much sure on this.
Prajwaj SAsked:
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There is no such technical term like primary IP or backup IP however you can use multiple IP on same NIC card for routing purpose or you may use two NIC cards coming from different switches for redundancy purpose.

Some people use one NIC card for production use and other NIC card for taking backups which has different network to segregate the bandwidth utilisation..let me know if this helps

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Hi Prajwaj,

It might help if you give us some context.

Where are you getting those terms from, and what is it that you want to achieve?


Joseph HornseyPresident and JanitorCommented:
Yeah... we need some context.  If you have clustered servers, for example, there are IPs involved for failover.  Or, let's say you host multiple services on a server - like web sites that each need their own static IP - you could have multiple IPs for that purpose.

Give us more info and we'll help however we can!
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Windows indeed has a fallback IP setup, if the primary settings use DHCP, so you can provide IP address, gateway etc. in case no DHCP server answers. And there is APIPA, providing default IPs starting with 169. as last resort.
Joseph HornseyPresident and JanitorCommented:
Question answered satisfactorily.
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