You have been tasked by the Network Team to assign a server a new static IP address. You are receiving an error when attempting to apply the IP 172.256.1.15 with a subnet mask of 255.0.0.0. What is the issue causing the error?
Each octet of an IP must be between 0-255 but the second octet of this IP is 256. The IP is not an APIPA and DHCP would not affect manually setting a static IP. Classes are used to determine the default subnet mask for an IP but you are not required to use it, therefor the class B address can be used with the class A subnet mask.