Network Administration: TCP/IP Configuration Decisions

One of the decisions which must be made before you install Windows Server 2008 R2 is the TCP/IP configuration. You should have a plan for how you will implement TCP/IP on the network. Here are some of the things you need to decide or find out:

  • What are the IP subnet address and mask for your network?

  • What is the domain name for the network?

  • What is the host name for the server?

  • Will the server obtain its address from DHCP?

  • Will the server have a static IP address? If so, what?

  • Will the server be a DHCP server?

  • What is the Default Gateway for the server? (That is, what is the IP address of the network’s Internet router?)

  • Will the server be a DNS server?

If the server will host TCP/IP services (such as DHCP or DNS), you should assign the server a static IP address.