troubleshooting Question

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

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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.


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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