Network - Windows

The Network tab lets you provide networking information for a server, such as its IP address and DNS configuration.

Note

IPv6 support depends on the Windows version:

  • Windows 2008 and later versions support IPv6 addresses.
  • Windows 2003 does not support IPv6 addreses.

Windows supports Static IP address as well as IP addresses assigned by the DHCP server.


IP Configuration - IPv4 address

Select this tab if you want to configure an IPv4 address.

IP Configuration 

Obtain an IP address automatically

Specifies that the network connection should obtain an IP address automatically from a DHCP server.

Use the following IP address

Specifies that the network connection should use a static IP address that you specify. If you choose this option, provide the following information:

  • IP address
  • Subnet mask
  • Default gateway

IP address

The static IP address that the network connection should use.

Subnet mask

The subnet mask number, which is used to identify which segment of the network the server is on.
The Microsoft Windows 2003 installer does not support three zeroes in any of the octets in the subnet mask. For example, if the subnet mask is 255.255.255.0, entering 255.255.255.000 for Subnet mask does not work. You must enter 255.255.255.0.

Default gateway

The address of the IP router that is used to forward traffic to destinations outside of the local network.

DNS Configuration

Obtain DNS server automatically

Specifies that the DHCP server should provide the addresses for DNS servers.

Use the following DNS server address

Specifies that addresses are manually provided. Select this option and then enter IP addresses for Primary DNS server and Secondary DNS server.

Primary DNS server

The IP address of the primary DNS Server.

Secondary DNS server

The IP address of the secondary DNS Server.


IP Configuration - IPv6 address

Select this tab if you want to configure an IPv6 address.

IP Configuration 

Obtain IP address automatically     

Specifies that the network connection should obtain an IP address automatically from a DHCP server.

Use the following IP address

Specifies that the network connection should use the static IP addresses that you specify on the Devices list at the bottom of this panel.

The IP address, IPv6 Subnet Prefix Length, and Default gateway fields only appear if you select this option.

IP address

Specifies an IP address that the system can use to assign a unique address to each device. The Devices list at the bottom of this panel displays the IP address assigned to each device.                                                           

This field appears only when you select Use the following IP address option above.

IPv6 Subnet Prefix Length

Specifies the prefix length for the IPv6 address.

This field appears only when you select Use the following IP address option above.

Default gateway

The address of the IP router that is used to forward traffic to destinations outside of the local network.

This field appears only when you select Use the following IP address option above.

DNS Configuration
Obtain DNS server automatically     Specifies that the DHCP server should provide the addresses for DNS servers.
Use the following DNS server addresses

Specifies that addresses are manually provided. Select this option and then enter IP addresses for Primary DNS server and Secondary DNS server.

The Primary DNS server and Secondary DNS server fields only appear if you select this option.
Primary DNS server

Enter the IPv6 address for the primary DNS server.

This field appears only when you select Use the following DNS server address option above.
Secondary DNS server

Enter the IPv6 address for the secondary DNS server

This field appears only when you select Use the following DNS server address option above.

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