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Setting up Windows Server 2012's connections

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#1 sidarthar


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 05:55 AM

Hi, I'm very new to the Windows Server field and would appreciate if you help me. 



I am planning to run a server in my house running Windows Server 2012. I would like to know the basics of how the connections have to be. Should I have 1 router connecting to the server and to all the other computers, or what should I do. 


I have tried setting up a DHCP server on the Server however had some troubles so I went back to thinking about the basics and how should the cables go. 


As I mentioned earlier, I am a beginner and don't understand lots of the terminology in the Server world. 


Thank you very much for your help. 

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#2 pieterw3


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 06:54 AM

Hi sidarthar,


You can let your router take care of the connections, but if you are going to install DHCP on your server you will need to disable DHCP on your router. If you don't make any changes to your Router both your router and your server are gonna start giving out IP addresses. i suggest you read some information about networking and windows server:





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Posted 05 October 2013 - 01:37 AM

The server gets plugged into the router switch just like a PC. Depending on what roles you have installed you will need to configure your router so it doesn't interfere with the server. If your setting up a domain controller with active directory and DNS you should setup DHCP as well. It provides allot more options and makes other tasks allot easier.

Edit2: OEM built servers generally have multiple Ethernet ports to enable you to use the Server as a router and Firewall. Best practice is to keep that on the router and turn off any unused adapters.

Edited by Sneakycyber, 05 October 2013 - 01:44 AM.

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