Create an ipconfig batch file for easier subnet travel

Create a batch file that eliminates the need to shut down and restart your laptop when travelling between subnets.

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Our large high school has seven subnets that correspond to different sections of the building. When our teachers traveled from area to area, they were having to shut down and then restart their laptops in order to properly log back in -- very time consuming.

To remedy this situation, we created a batch file called "Travel.bat" on their desktop that releases and then renews the IP of the computer. No more shut downs and restarts!

Here are the two lines of the batch file:

  • ipconfig /release
  • ipconfig /renew

Create the file in Notepad and save as 'Travel.bat' -- make sure you save as 'All files', and not '.txt'.

This was first published in October 2002

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