On a seemingly peaceful day at work, you suddenly find your phones going berserk - EMAIL’S NOT WORKING!! Hell breaks loose, everybody’s calling in, Vice president of Sales is on the line, and the rest of it is a familiar story…..

 

With some effort, you figure out that there is an IP conflict.

 

IP Conflicts cause the affected machines to experience erratic or no network connectivity. Imagine the business impact if one of your critical servers go down due to an IP Conflict. Now, how did this happen?

 

Some common reasons of IP conflicts in a network can be any of the below:

 

1. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Phenomenon

 

Enterprises are now widely adopting BYOD. The problem begins when a user walks in with his device carrying a static IP that is already assigned to a critical server in the network. The result is an IP conflict that brings down your server.

 

 

2. Misconfigured DHCP servers

 

Due to a misconfiguration, multiple load balanced DHCP servers are assigning IPs to clients from the same subnet. If two systems in the network get the same IP address, it results in an IP conflict.

 

 

3. Human errors during manual IP address management

 

Cases where IP address assignment is managed manually using spreadsheets. You forget to update a new IP allocation and then later reallocate the same IP to another device, will lead to an IP conflict.

 

 

How to troubleshoot and resolve IP conflicts?

 

Traditional solutions involve changing the IP of the critical server in conflict or using ping, ARP lookup and spreadsheets to find the conflicting device. The situation worsens if the device is ‘rogue’ and its MAC address information is not available in your database.

 

 

New SolarWinds IP Address Manager 4.0 helps eliminate the predicaments of IP management with active IP conflict detection and alerting. Further, by integrating IPAM with SolarWinds User Device Tracker (UDT), you can use endpoint mapping feature to easily track down the conflicting device.

 

Hence, move away from stone-age tools like spreadsheets and other primitive solutions. Evolve with IPAM 4.0 and curb the IP conflict issue at its root before it can affect productivity!

 

Download the new IPAM 4.0. Now, with Active IP conflict detection, User Device Tracker integration, and BIND DNS support!

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