What's the best way to set up testlab network

October 25, 2010 at 04:18:33
Specs: Windows 2008
I'm wanting to setup a testlab network at home using VM's and physical machines for study and testlab purposes. I want all machines to be able to communicate with each other and the internet.

I just have a standard router connected to the internet which is delivering DHCP to the clients (192.168.x.x). I want to give the servers static addresses but still get onto the net with them, preferably (10.x.x.x to replicate work)

What's the best way to do this?

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October 25, 2010 at 12:30:28
You'll need to know certain TCP/IP settings from the router itself. In the below example, I'm going to use the following subnet:

Here's all the info you'll need to know:

Router's LAN IP addfess =
Subnet Mask =

DHCP Settings:
DHCP Enabled = yes
DHCP Scope = to
SM =
Default Gateway =

The DHCP Settings are the settings given to DHCP clients when they connect. You'll notice the gateway address and DNS address point at the LAN IP of the router. This is necessary as the router does the NAT and DNS forwarding for your LAN.

When statically assigning IP's to servers, you'll want IP's that are outside the DHCP Scope. This will avoid any duplicate IP error's. You will want to assign the rest of the IP settings as per the DHCP setup (ie: subnet mask, DNS, gateway)

This way server's will all be able to access the internet.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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