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Image deployment and IP address configuration

When configuring a system that will be captured as your master image (the volume image that you deploy to multiple devices), we recommend that you configure all network adapters 

network adapters
A device that connects your computer to a network. Sometimes called an adapter card or network interface card.
in the system to use Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) 
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
A TCP/IP service protocol that offers dynamic leased configuration of host IP addresses and distributes other configuration parameters to eligible network clients. DHCP provides safe, reliable, and simple TCP/IP network configuration, prevents address conflicts, and helps conserve the use of client IP addresses on the network.

DHCP uses a client/server model where the DHCP server maintains centralized management of IP addresses that are used on the network. DHCP-supporting clients can then request and obtain lease of an IP address from a DHCP server as part of their network boot process.

to obtain an IP address 
IP address
For Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), a 32-bit address used to identify an interface on a node on an IPv4 internetwork. Each interface on the IP internetwork must be assigned a unique IPv4 address, which is made up of the network ID, plus a unique host ID. This address is typically represented with the decimal value of each octet separated by a period (for example, You can configure the IP address statically or dynamically by using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).

For Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), an identifier that is assigned at the IPv6 layer to an interface or set of interfaces and that can be used as the source or destination of IPv6 packets.

, rather than assigning a static IP address.

Using DHCP to assign IP addresses ensures that when the device boots, it has a unique IP address. When multicasting 

The process of sending a message simultaneously to more than one destination on a network.
the same image to multiple devices 
A computer that can be controlled by the Controller service within Automated Deployment Services. It has or will have a data record in the Controller database.
if that image contains a static IP configuration all the devices that receive that image will have identical IP addresses, creating an IP address conflict on the network. The network settings supplied in the Sysprep.inf 
An optional answer file used by Sysprep that automates Mini-Setup and further customizes the installed operating system.
file are not applied to the device until after the Sysprep 
A tool that prepares the hard disk on a source computer for duplication to destination computers and then runs a non-Microsoft disk-imaging process. This automated installation method is used when the hard disk on the master computer is identical to those of the target computers.
A streamlined Setup mode that is activated when Windows is started for the first time after having been prepared with the Sysprep command-line tool.
is complete.

For more information on configuring network settings in the Sysprep.inf file, refer to the Sysprep documentation. The Sysprep documentation is located in the Deploy.cab file in the \support\tools directory of your Windows CD.

After image deployment and Sysprep Mini-Setup 

A streamlined Setup mode that is activated when Windows is started for the first time after having been prepared with the Sysprep command-line tool.
are complete, you can set the network adapters static IP configuration using the ADS sample Setstaticip.vbs by running the Set-static-ip.xml task sequence. The Setstaticip.vbs sample will configure a single network adapter static IP address, network mask and gateway address using the WMI object WIN32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration. For more information about the WIN32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration class, see Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration at the Microsoft Web site.

To modify the network interface name, use the netsh command. For example:

netsh int set int name="local area connection" newname="New Interface Name"

If you edit the sample to modify the network interface name, you can also use device variables to replace strings such as "New Interface Name" to ensure a consistent configuration across your data center.

For more information on using the netsh command, see Netsh commands for Interface IP in Windows Help.

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