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I'm trying to get my HP T5740 thin clients to connect to my local network without much success. I asked a question here but haven't got any response. I think that question should have been posted on serverfault instead.

I was thinking that the problem seems to be that the thin clients aren't able to get an IP address when they are connected and I can't manually set it. So if I was to somehow set up a dhcp server on the network with my server that runs a 32 bit version of windows 7 ultimate edition.

How do we set up a dhcp server in windows?

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What's preventing you from setting the IP-address manually? – Sandokan Dec 5 '12 at 8:42
Windows 7 Embedded should allow you to set the address manually - can you set the static IP on the machine but it gets lost after reboot? – tombull89 Dec 5 '12 at 8:52
Also, Windows 7, as it is a desktop OS, does not have a DHCP server role. You'll need a Server OS for that, or consider using something like TFTP32 which can provide DNS, DHCP and TFTP services. – tombull89 Dec 5 '12 at 8:54
Please post some information about your clients and your network. There's no reason why you can't use static ip's with thin clients, and nor is running a dodgy dhcp server on your client OS the answer. Why can't these machines get a DHCP address from your infrastructure? – Dan Dec 5 '12 at 9:12
Install your favorite virtual machine software. Create VM, bridge network, install Linux, setup dhcp server. Done. It would be far better to install Linux natively on a device though. – Zoredache Dec 5 '12 at 9:19
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You absolutely can set a static IP on the HP T5740 - in fact, for the most part, they work just like full fat Windows. What problem are you having? I presume you've been logging in as admin and committing / disabling the write filter?

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How do I log in as the administrator? It automatically starts up and then there is no option in the control panel for me to manage the network connection. – nikhil Dec 5 '12 at 10:10
You need to log out and hold down shift to prevent it from logging in automatically. From there you can log in as the administrator - I recommend you take a read through the HP documentation first. – Dan Dec 5 '12 at 10:18
Thanks for this tip. Can I also Install other hardware drivers while running as the administrator? – nikhil Dec 5 '12 at 16:36
@nikhil You certainly can – Dan Dec 5 '12 at 16:53

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