IP address management has long been an inefficient task for IT administrators, particularly in larger environments. Many admins use spreadsheets or text files to keep track of what static IP addresses or DHCP scopes are assigned to which server or device–a process that is prone to human error and unruly to maintain.
Microsoft takes on the issue of IP address management with its recent release of Windows Server 2012 and a new tool called IP Address Management (IPAM). The goal of the new IPAM tool is provide network administrators with an effective way to monitor the IP addresses used in their network environment.
When you first implement IPAM, it will create an initial database of the IP addresses it can find by scanning for DHCP servers, DNS servers and domain controllers. It will also allow an admin to import that spreadsheet of addresses we mentioned earlier.
IPAM allows for either centralized or distributed deployment. In a centralized deployment, a single IPAM server will manage IP addresses for an entire network environment. A distributed deployment uses several IPAM servers independent of each other. Each of these IPAM servers will manage IP addresses for their own specific portion of the network.
IP Address Management is just one of the many improvements over Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced in Windows Server 2012. A few other notable new features include SMB improvements, a new Task Manager, an updated Hyper-V and revamped storage features.
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