router and network set up.

Posted on 2004-08-24
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Last Modified: 2010-04-26
here is the deal.
I have a static ip address to which I need to configure the server to.
Now the set up is such that there is first a D-Link router and then the cables have to go from the router to the different servers.
The line coming in from the IP provider has to go to the router, from there I believe I have to open up an http port which is port 80 on the router and then connect to the server.
I do not have much experience with setting up networks, so I was wondering do I have to configure the server to the Ip of the rotuer? Do routers even have an Ip? or do I configure the server straight away to the static ip address from the tcp/ip settings.
It wont let me set up active directory unless I have configured to a static IP address or a DHCP server.

A prompt reply would be greatly appreciated since I believe this is not too hard.
Question by:jadbe
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If your router has DHCP, you can enable it and then for each server, have it get an IP automatically.  The router will hand out addresses like 192.168.x.x, depending on the range you set it up to give out.  Make each server point to the router's internal address (usually as the gateway.

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Thanx a lot Callandor, I will try that out and let you know.

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Actually the set up is something like this,

Static Ip address goes into the router, the router port opens up into a server which will actually be a webserver. From there it is connected to another router. On the other side of the other router is another server which will be host to the Active directory and Exchange servers. And then the third server will host a database.
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crazijoe earned 1500 total points
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You need is a firewall/router between your isp and your webserver then another firewall/router between your webserver and your network. Open port 80 on your outer firewall point it to the webserver. On your internal network set the default gateway to your internal routers IP. Your webserver is in the DMZ.
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I'd suggest you go for static IP on the LAN (inside), at least for a server. You set the server for 192.168.1.X and then you open up port forwarding of port 80 traffic (http), in the router, to this particular internal IP that you set on the server.

Routers have typically one external IP (static in your case) and one internal (static, often, to be used as "default gateway" by computers on your LAN). They can act as DHCP servers on the LAN side, allowing you to set your workstations to obtain an IP automatically. For a server, I think staic internal is better, since you need to point incoming traffic to a particular machine (the server).

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On you internal network configure one of servers as DHCP with a static IP. You will have to set up a GC and a DC for Active Directory.

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thanx guys...ill post if I have any more problems..which i definitly will..

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