Windows Server 2016 and Skype or any messaging collection. Input needed

I'm running a test network at the moment. So it is all separate from the main network. I have setup Windows Server 2016 and I want to set it up with messaging? The business I'm at isn't using a domain.  I figured if I can test it and set it up and connect to a few test clients then I'll roll it out slowly into the new year. I also have 4 static ip's I can use. I want to setup the test server with one.

The organization is about 60 users and i'm looking for a free or super cheap way to accomplish this. I think Skype for business costs money. Id like to ideally setup exchange and then Skype. Mainly my interest is a messaging client? with out being on a domain I realize I cant lock or change the user but each user has access to our current server. I can always install it on each profile.

This is somewhat new to me, I'm looking for any suggestions.

My other issue is with a static ip. I have ISP > Netgear R8000 > Rosewill Switch > Patch Panel ( 5  statics). I have tried to setup a router with no DHCP and also with DHCP to my test server so I can set it up with a static ip but no dice. When i plug it into the R8000 no link, the light just stays amber. The switch wont do anything. The linksys router using a 10. private ip. I was plugging it into the switch and then the R8000 which only supports one static ip. That current static ip is being used by the users.

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I'd like to get the test server on the net with a static ip and then hopefully deal with exchange and skype. Is lync out of action now? is there any good messaging client that doesn't require a domain that the admin can deal with?

Any help or suggestions are appreciated. TY all.
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Joel BudITAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
First, I strongly recommend breaking this up into multiple smaller questions. The static IP issue is definitely not the same as an instant messaging question, and requires different expertise and skillsets.

Second, this makes no sense to me:  " I have ISP > Netgear R8000 > Rosewill Switch > Patch Panel ( 5  statics)"

Patch panels don't have static IPs, but you put that in parenthesis after the patch panel.  Diagrams always work better for this.  Plenty of free diagramming for networks packages out there.  Often properly mapping your network can suddenly help you answer your own question.

Lync is Skype for Business now. Skype for Business is Lync. It was a rebranding.  Lync wasn't free. SfB isn't free. But you can do a subscription instead of a bug server.  Skype for Business Online is not terribly expensive and is better suited for businesses than skype. Especially at 60 users as you mentioned.
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Joel BudITAuthor Commented:
I was having a problem setting up my test server with a static ip for some reason?

I'll have to check out the diagram packages online. I do need to get everything labeled properly. I kind of fell into the spot I am at and nothing has been done in a few years. Id like to switch up a few minor things.

As for the Skype I will have to see about moving to office365 and using it that way or whatever the other cheapest option is. We are a non profit so I'm trying to save any money I can but there is a benefit to having internal messaging with in this organization. I'll have to check into prices.

Thank You
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