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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.

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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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