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IPX Network Address Assignment

IPX Network Address Assignment

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Hiya,

  can anybody explain to me how a client on an IPX based network actually gets assigned a Network Address?

  I'm fairly certain that the administrator assigns the network address to the network in the first place, but how does that get down to the clients?

  Can you have an IPX network with no server involved?  If so, how does the network address get assigned then?


  Thanks,

Paul

RE: IPX Network Address Assignment

Didn't know anyone still posted on this forum..

Anyway... the workstation picks up RIPS/SAPS from the Novell server (or IPX device) and identifies the IPX network and frametypes, etc.  The actual IPX address is really just the MAC address appended to the Network address.

In a non-server environment, you would typically have to force the IPX network type and frame type, such as Ethernet_802.2.

IPX is fairly chatty so you should have lots of IPX traffic that helps other IPX devices learn the network setup. It's pretty automatic and doesn't involve a lot of setup.

Marvin Huffaker, MCNE
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