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To create a new host record in the Assignments database, start the Assignments program, and enter your PennNet ID and password.

(1) From the Main Assignments menu, click once on the Create a New Record button.

(2) On the "Create a New Record" screen, the insertion point is placed at the very beginning of the dialogue box, so all you need do is type in the name of the new host computer.

(3) If you're responsible for several Domains, you'll see them listed in the "Available Domain Names" box to the right. Click on the network you're adding a host to, and it will automatically be appended into the host box, with a leading period.

If you're responsible for only one domain, simply click it in the "Available Domain Names" box to the right. It will automatically be appended into the hostname box, with a leading period.

(You can select the radio button to have the domain names appear in upper or lower case. Use whichever you prefer).

(4) Now select what type of record you're adding from the radio buttons below the hostname. In our simple example, it is a regular New IPv4 Address(A&PTR) record, since we're adding a simple host.

(5) Now you're finished establishing the new record, and you can move on to edit the record to supply necessary information by clicking on the Edit Records button.

(6) You'll note the next screen contains the name of the new A&PTR record in the title bar. Start editing the new record by selecting a building location for the network where the host is located. One of these will be listed when you click on the drop-down menu arrow to the right, under the "Building and IPV4 Address range" entry box. Highlight one of the address range locations, depending on where you're setting up the new computer.

(7) Choose the radio button to either assign any IP address from the ones available in the range, or to enter a specific IP address.

Normally, you can let Assignments choose one for you. (The actual address that will be assigned to this host will appear in a moment). Otherwise, to enter a specific IP you want, verify that the address you wish to use for the new host is actually available before you enter it here.

(8) From the drop down menu below, select a Host Type that best matches the role this machine will play on your network.

(9) Note that the Building name is filled in for you based on your previous choice in the IP address range. Enter a room number to the right.

(10) In the vendor field, choose the manufacturer of this host.

(11) To the right, type in free text the model name or number of the computer in question.

(12) Select an administrative contact for this host. This is likely the LSP for your area, or yourself. Once you've selected a contact, you can click on the I to the right of the choice to see detailed information on relevant contacts.

(13) Select the person who is responsible for Domain Name management in your school or department for "Administrative contacts for DNS record:" The I to the right also contains information about this contact once slected.

(14) The Primary End User is an informational field, to help you or someone following you to administer this record.

(15) In the "Remarks:" field, enter any helpful descriptive text.

(16) Leave the Default TTL radio button selected.

(17) Leave the Publish A Record and Publish PTR Record boxes checked.

(18) After reviewing your work, press the Create Host button. You will be prompted with an informational box giving you the new host's IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway. Note this information for setting up the networking on the machine you're adding, if you haven't set it up already.

(19) Press the OK button. Note the Create Host button has now changed to Update Host.

(20) If you are satisfied that your entry is correct, you can press the Close button to close the record.


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