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Specifying Alternate IP Address in Windows 8

Specifying Alternate IP Address in Windows 8
What Is an Alternate IP Address? As the name specifies, an alternate IP address is the address that is specified on a client computer, and works as a substitute to the IP address that the computer receives from the DHCP server. A client computer uses an alternate IP address when it does not receive the dynamic IP address from the DHCP server. How Alternate IP Address Is Used? When a Windows 8 computer is configured to obtain IP address automatically...

Knowing Hostnames and Renaming Windows 8 Computer

Knowing Hostnames and Renaming Windows 8 Computer
What Is a Hostname? In all post-Windows 98 computers, a hostname is the name of the computer that administrators specify either during the installation of the operating system, or after the installation has completed successfully. Although Windows 98 computers also had computer names, they were called NetBIOS names instead of hostnames. NetBIOS names can only contain 15 characters, whereas hostnames can have up to 63 characters. When a name is specified...

Adding a Windows 8 Computer to a Domain

Adding a Windows 8 Computer to a Domain
What Is a Domain? A domain is a logical area that is created when administrators install a network operating system, such as Windows server 2008, and promote it as a domain controller. When a network operating system is promoted as a domain controller, it enables centralized management for all the client computers in the network that have been added to the domain. What Is Centralized Management? Centralized management means that the entire network...

Assigning Static IP and DNS Address in Windows 8

Assigning Static IP and DNS Address in Windows 8
What Is an IP Address? An IP address is a 32-bit decimal number that is always accompanied with its corresponding subnet mask, which is also a 32-bit decimal number. Both IP address and subnet mask are divided into 4 octets, and each octet is separated by a dot (.) a.k.a. period. In the network, where multiple computers are connected to each other, each computer must have a unique IP address and a common subnet mask in order to communicate with other...

Assign Multiple IP Addresses to Windows 8 Computer

Assign Multiple IP Addresses to Windows 8 Computer
What Is Multiple IP Address Assignment Multiple IP address assignment in a computer means that a network interface card (NIC) of a computer is assigned with more than one IP addresses. Generally, administrators assign only one IP address to an NIC, and if multiple IP addresses are to be assigned, additional NICs are installed on the computer. Assigning multiple IP addresses to a computer allows the computer to communicate with multiple networks in...

Understanding and Providing Default Gateway in Windows 8

Understanding and Providing Default Gateway in Windows 8
What Is Default Gateway? Default gateway is a computer or a hardware device that is connected to a direct Internet line, and works as an intermediary to allow communication between the computers in the in network and the different network (typically the Internet). How Default Gateway Works in Organizations? Almost every organization has a single Internet connection which is shared among multiple users in the network. Administrators in organizations...

Provide Multiple DNS Addresses in Windows 8

Provide Multiple DNS Addresses in Windows 8
Importance of Multiple DNS Servers In an organization, where there are several computers connected to each other, administrators mostly install more than one DNS servers for fault tolerance purposes. This means that in case one DNS server fails to respond properly or is down because of any reason, the names can be resolved by the second available DNS server in the network. In order to make fault tolerance work, each client computer is assigned with...

Customizing Windows 8 Recycle Bin for Optimum Performance

Customizing Windows 8 Recycle Bin for Optimum Performance
What Is Recycle Bin Customization Recycle Bin customization is a process in which the default settings of the Recycle Bin are modified according to the users’ requirements. While customizing Recycle Bin, some settings are drive specific and must be configured for each volume individually. On the other hand there are some settings which, when modified, affect the entire operating system globally. Options That Should Be Customized Some important Recycle...

Increase Mouse Pointer Visibility in Windows 8

Increase Mouse Pointer Visibility in Windows 8
About Increasing Mouse Pointer Visibility While using Windows 8, many users might want to increase mouse pointer visibility in order to get a clear view of the position of the mouse. With the increased mouse pointer visibility, it also becomes easier for the users to follow the movements of the pointer when the mouse is moved. Increasing mouse pointer visibility can be helpful for the users with weak eyesight, or for the ones who are new to computer...

Manage Taskbar Visibility and Location in Windows 8

Manage Taskbar Visibility and Location in Windows 8
What Is Taskbar Visibility? Although by default the taskbar is configured to stay always on top of all the application windows and interfaces, this configuration might not be appropriate for the users who use applications with large interfaces. Managing taskbar visibility means making the taskbar available to the users whenever it is required, and making it unavailable in case users are working on any other interface. How to Configure Taskbar to Auto-hide To...
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