When installing servers in your network, it is usually recommended that you configure them with a static IP address. Although this isn’t an incredibly difficult task to complete, I thought it would be helpful to have a step by step for someone who is new to networking and may not have experience setting up servers.
Configuring a Static IP Address
1. Log into the server using Administrative Credentials
2. Click on Start and in the Start Search Box, type ncpa.cpl and hit Enter. Alternatively, you can access the network connections window by clicking Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change Adapter Settings
3. Right Click on the network adapter you wish you configure and choose Properties
4. In the Properties Window, locate and select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) then click Properties
5. Enter desired IP Address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway and DNS Servers
Note: If you don’t know how to find an open IP Address in your network, use a tool like Netscan or Angry IP scanner to scan your network and select an open (one that does not appear in the list).
6. Click OK to close the properties window and then OK again to close the Ethernet Properties window.
Your network adapter will now be configured with that address that you specified.
Note: If you were connected through remote desktop to the server or computer using the old IP Address, you will need to reconnect using the assigned IP Address.