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Configuring IP Settings

IPv4 and IPv6 are installed by default on your server running Windows Server 2008 (the same goes for Windows Vista clients). You reach the IP settings (IPv4 or IPv6) via the Local Area Connection dialog box. You can open this dialog box by right-clicking on a Local Area Connection icon in the Network Connections window (which can be opened via the Server Manager by clicking the View Network Connections link or opened via the Control Panel). The Local Area Connection dialog box lists the various networking protocols and network clients that are installed on the computer (see Figure 7.4). The clients and protocols that are currently enabled are denoted selected check boxes.

Figure 7.4. The installed networking protocols and clients are shown in the Local Area Connection dialog box.

As already mentioned, you can access IPv4 or IPv6 properties from the Local Area Connection dialog box. For example, click the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP)v4 item and then click Properties. The Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP)v4 Properties dialog box opens.

By default, both Vista clients and servers running Windows 2008 Server are configured to obtain their IP addresses automatically. To manually configure static IP settings for a server (domain controllers and other specialized servers such as DNS and DHCP servers should be configured with static IP addresses), click the Use the Following IP Addresses option button (see Figure 7.5).

Figure 7.5. Configure a server with a static IP address.

You can enter the IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, and preferred DNS address for the server. (For IPv6 addressing you need to supply only the IPv6 address and the default gateway address.) You can also set additional IP settings by clicking the Advanced button on the Properties dialog box. This opens the Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog box. This dialog box includes the following tabs:

After making changes to the advanced TCP/IP settings, click OK to close the dialog box. You can also close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box and the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.

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