Assigning Static IP Address to Windows Server
Assigning Static IP Address to Windows Server is very similar to assigning a static IP address to any of the other Windows operating system. If you know how to configure a static IP then doing it on a server would be easy for you as well. I would take you through the process like this is your first time. The server has a dynamically assigned IP address as shown below. The reason we need to assign a static address is to make it easier for computers on my network to communicate with it.
Next, click your Ethernet as shown by the arrow and the image below appears.
Click on Ethernet and select properties. This will present you with the screen below. Uncheck IPv6, highlight IPv4 and click properties
Once you click on properties, you will have to click on ‘Use the following IP address’.This will enable you to fill in your IP address, subnet mask and default gateway. We would also configure the Preferred DNS Server and Alternate DNS Server.
Assigning Static IP Address to Windows Server requires you to know your IP address. We can find our IP address by opening a cmd prompt. The easiest way is to type it in the search bar or press the Windows logo key+x and select it. In the image below I am running it as administrator
Now your IPv4 address is visible. I had to edit mine out(can’t be too careful these days). Now let’s go configure our static address.
For the purposes of this tutorial, I will assign a random IP 126.96.36.199
subnet mask 255.255.255.0
default gateway 188.8.131.52
Preferred DNS Server 184.108.40.206
Alternate DNS Server 220.127.116.11
Next, click okay and then close the Ethernet page, go to your local server, refresh and you will see the DHCP IP has changed to a static one.
That is it. We have configured a static address for our server. Press the Windows logo key +x and select PowerShell, type Ipconfig and you can see your IPv4 address has changed
This tutorial has assigned a Static IP address to our Server.
Static IP addresses make it easy to communicate remotely efficiently. It enables other devices to find the machine with the static address easily.VoIP communication is very effective if a Static IP is configured.
The next tutorial will teach you how to elevate the server to a Domain controller and install Active Directory. If you have not installed a server yet, click here to read the article on how to do so.