Server 2016 Essentials setup guide: Setup DNS server and download updates (Part IV)

This is part 4 of 5 in the series Server 2016 Essentials setup guide

Our Server 2016 Essentials box is installed and has a static IPv4 and IPv6 address… now it needs to be able to talk to the internet and provide name resolution for our local domain — it’s time to setup DNS.  Say what you will, Windows DNS is pretty simple to set up and just works with everything you throw at it.  In this guide, we’ll set up both forward and reverse DNS zones for both our IPv4 and IPv6 networks and set up DNS forwarding.  Let’s get started… (more…)

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

This is part 3 of 5 in the series Server 2016 Essentials setup guide

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…)

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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