Learn Windows XP Professional in 15 Minutes a Week: Configuring Windows XP Professional as a DNS Client Page 2
To configure your Windows XP Professional system as a DNS client you must go to either the Control Panel and click Network And Internet Connections or My Network Places on the start menu, right-click, and choose Properties.
In the Network Connections window you would right-click your Local Area Connection (which is the default location to set the local system as a DNS client) and choose Properties.
On the property page for the Local Area Connection you would highlight the TCP/IP protocol on the general tab, and select the Properties button.
The image below shows a client configured to use the DHCP (as the Obtain an IP address automatically radio button is set) or APIPA service (in the event the DHCP server is unavailable). This is also the default selection for TCP/IP properties at operating system installation and/or protocol installation when the Typical Settings radio button is selected.
The client can be configured to use a static (fixed) or dynamic IP address. In either case, configuring the system as a DNS client is exactly the same.
[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] - Windows XP Professional, like Windows 98 and Windows 2000, uses Automatic Private IP Addressing. Automatic Private IP Addressing provides DHCP clients with an IP address and limited network connectivity (usually the same subnet only) in the event a DHCP server is unavailable. The Automatic Private IP Addressing feature uses the reserved 169.254.0.0 through 169.254.255.255 IP address range and is enabled by default. It can, however, be disabled by configuring the settings on the client to use an alternate configuration if a DHCP server cannot be located.