using a static ip

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I was told that having a Static IP would benefit our office. We would have the ability to work remotely using the IP address. That I would have the ability to work on workers machines and do updates using the IP address sitting at my desk. That we would be able to host our own website. We have gone ahead and purchased it but now I don't know how to do any of these things. Any help anyone can provide would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Need more info…what OS is running on your servers ? what OS’s are running on your workstations ? What kind of hardware are you using to connect to the Internet with ? Do you have access to your servers ? I’m sure there’s more though this info can get us started..

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  • Richl01
    are you talking a Static outside address. 1. make sure you use a firewall and create a seperate internal network thorough a router. can be same box. there are many ways to do what you are asking some take extra funds to do easy others takes time. you can use MS VPN to connect remotly, pc anywhere,Citrix go to assist or webex to name a few. decide on what you want to use and then you have to let those ports through the firewall. and have the proper clients and setup on the remote computer. you can also use real VNC (its free). just be carfull that you do not let in the bad guys. if you have a windows server you can use policies to lock down the computers so users can not add programs so I guess the main Question is what are you currently using what is the budget and how many users are we talking about. static Ips are usually used for hosting your own email, WEB sites, FTP, remote site connections, including your sales force.
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  • Lirria
    Yes you can do all those things - I agree with Rich on the setup and things that need to be done. If you are trying to support people remotely - real VNC is really good at that and you don't have to have static IP's on the local computer - you can connect via ip or computer name. I would make sure to put a good password on it so others can not connect easily. I used VNC at a previous job supporting 800 computers at about 10 different locations and we used dhcp on them. I would not recommend putting static IPs on most users desktops - dhcp works fine and you don't have the headache of tracking which system has what IP (really a pain when computers get moved) - only use static for servers and critical systems that can't have their ip address changing. Let us know what specific things you are trying to do and we can help guide you more. Lirria
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  • Dfng2002
    Although a router is a very good suggestion it is not your only possible solution, depending on the size and need of your network a Pix or Sonic Wall firewall and a good layer three switch may be used in place of a router for security. Not being very savy to the IT world poses another question, do you have a source of IT support, these things will get you started but you need to be able to keep things updated and maintained. Not to mention they need to be set up right, if your going to be hosting your own web site you will need a server of some kind or posibly multiple servers depending on needs. Budget was mentioned, a very good point, you will need to establish based on your available funds how much you need to get by. Good luck.
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  • Petroleumman
    Hello, Looks like your getting a lot of good advice but maybe more than your ready to handle at once. Now that you have a block of IP's, start out simple. Set up your internal network first then add the pieces to expand as you needed. Good practice is to assign all servers a static or dedicated IP address. Since your servers will support services used for logon, file and print sharing, email etc. it is vital that these addresses do not change. Next, set up a DHCP server on your network. DHCP reduces administration by automatically assigning IP addresses to your client machines eliminating the need to manually configure each machine individually.Setting up a DHCP server is pretty easy and there are many step by step instruction sources out there to help you get started. DNS is another good thing to have working as well. If your network is Windows 2000 or later it is required for Active Directory to function properly. DNS translates IP addresses to host names and vice-versa. This will help direct client-server requests to the proper address on your network or over the Internet. Once you have these key items set up and working, then move on to your Internet connectivity and the assortment of devices and protocols you can add to enhance your IP network. Good luck!
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