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Windows IP Configuration

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Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
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Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
C:UsersNguyen Family>ipconfig/all
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