Server 2016 Essentials setup guide: Setup Static IPs and the NIC (Part III)

After the initial install, we need to set the server up with a static IPv4 and IPv6 address… and yes, you need to set up IPv6!  First, we need to talk a little theory, do some planning and then apply the settings.  A little planning at this phase really will save you tremendous amounts of time later.  Nothing here is too difficult if you follow along with this quick guide, so let’s get at it! (more…)

Server 2016 Essentials setup guide: Naming the server (Part II)

It’s time to get WSE2016 installed and setup!  The installation wizard makes things pretty simple and the initial setup is quite similar to setting up Windows Vista/7/10 on your desktop.  Things are very self-explanatory and you shouldn’t have any problems… until you hit the ‘Company Information’ screen that is…  If you screw this up, you’ll have serious problems with public access to your server due to DNS issues.  Let’s set this up the right way… (more…)

Server 2016 Essentials setup guide: Introduction (Part I)

Setting up Windows Server Essentials 2016 properly will save you hours of headaches down the road and will ensure that you (for real, seriously!) have a solid, very stable and reliable platform for running a business-class Active Directory, IIS, Certificate Authority, DNS, DHCP and filesharing platform.  So here’s how I do it for small businesses or even individuals in a lab environment. (more…)

One server, multiple IPs

Sometimes, especially on a Small Business Server (SBS) machine, you will run into a situation where having more than one IP address linked to your server is very helpful.  This especially applies if you are only using one NIC in your machine and need to address it ‘logically’ by several IPs.  What situations is this useful for?  Well, how about a Database server application that wants it’s own independent IP address?  A SPAM filter/seperate Mail-Transfer-Agent (MTA)?  Of course, I probably don’t need to give you examples, you’re reading this because you already have a reason for multiple IPs on a single NIC and just want to know how to make it work properly! (more…)

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