Passing Domain Suffix Search Order to Win DHCP clients

By Steve Blass, Network World |  Operating Systems

We run Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol & DNS servers on Windows 2000 Server without Active Directory. How do you send the Domain Suffix Search Order to DHCP clients running Windows 98 and Win 2000 Professional?

There is no built-in option for passing the Domain Suffix Search Order to DHCP clients running 98 and Win 2000 Professional. You can change the domain suffix search order settings through the Advanced tab in TCP/IP properties under Win 2000 Professional and through the TCP/IP properties button in 98. Right-click My Network Places on the desktop and choose Properties or Network and Dial-up connections (or Network under 98) in the control panel and click down into TCP/IP properties, where you can enter the desired domain suffix search order.

I’ve seen this issue handled three ways in the field: use fully qualified domain names in your intranet Web links; distribute instructions for configuration to all employees; or automate the configuration.

To automate, set the Win 2000 registry key HKLM\Sys tem\Current Control Set\Ser vices\Parameters\TcpIp\Search List or the 98 key HKLM\Sys tem\Current Control Set\Ser vices\VxD\MSTCP\SearchList. One approach is to distribute a clickable registry script via e-mail.

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