In my day to day administration, over the years I have come across what must be a pretty common issue for hands on network engineers.
That issue is logging onto multiple devices when they have been taken off the production environment network.
For example, to telnet onto a PIX that was on a different Subnet I would use a cross over for a direct connection, however, I would then need to change my laptop (MS XP) TCP/IP settings from DHCP to a fixed IP that is on the same subnet of the PIX.
This can get monotonous day in day out as in an XP operating system there is no way to pre-store multiple subnet IP's and just quickly switch between them as and when required.
Has anybody come across any software that lets you store multilpe TCP/IP info and lets you quickly switch between DHCP and other multiple subnet IP's with just a few clicks rather than having to enter all the info every time?
I am using Microsoft XP for my Administration duties.
The solution exists on standard XP and is called "netsh". Just type it in in cmd.exe.
Using the "dump" option, you can export your network settings. Then you can change the settings and dump another setting. You can create standard .bat files with different network configs and put shortcuts on your desktop. Clicking on these .bat files, will playback a dumped configuration and changes your network settings on the fly (even from dhcp to static).
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