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can I run development copy of machine in same office as production copy of machine?

I'm doing application development work with a Windows 2003 server and Exchange 2007. I've restored a backup of my production machine to the development server and am using it disconnected from the production network. Just a workstation and the server plugged into the same router.

Is there a way to plug the development machine into the same physical network that the production machine is on, but not have it appear in the same logical domain? E.g., if I give it a different IP address (starting with the second set of numbers), will everything else in the network not know about its existence? (There are only 40 devices all on the same 255.255.255.0 subnet).
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Chris Dent

8/22/2022 - Mon
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GordonPrince

Any ideas from anyone out there?
Chris Dent


Yep, it can be done, just make sure you don't run a DHCP server on that subnet.

It's not quite the preferred degree of separation, but I can't actually think of any significant (or even any minor) risks if you treat it with a moderate amount of care.

I take it you'd assign a second IP Address to your workstation so it can chat with the devices on that subnet?

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GordonPrince

Don't you think I could just refer to it by IP address and get to it from my workstation, even though it's on a different subnet?
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