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Configure TCP/IP for an alternate configuration

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To configure TCP/IP for an alternate configuration

  1. Open Network Connections.

  2. Right-click the network connection that you want to configure, and then click Properties.

  3. On the General tab (for a local area connection) or the Networking tab (for all other connections), click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.

  4. On the General tab, click Obtain an IP address automatically.

  5. On the Alternate Configuration tab, click User configured, and then type appropriate values for the following:

    • IP address

    • Subnet mask

    • Default gateway

    • Preferred and alternate DNS server

    • Preferred and alternate WINS server


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group or the Network Configuration Operators group on the local computer. For more information, see Default local groups and Default groups.

  • To open Network Connections, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections.

  • The alternate configuration is used for computers that travel between a network with static IP addresses and one or more DHCP networks.

  • Computers running Windows Server 2003 can use Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA) or the alternate configuration method to automate Internet Protocol (IP) configuration of network connections. For more information about these new features, see Related Topics.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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