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Question from Jkinux

“Hey guys! I work with about 8 class C sets of addresses on a day to day basis and I need to track various sorts of information with each IP. I assign them statically and track them with the following info employee name/system type/OS/Mac Address. I’ve kept all this info in an excel spreadsheet so other technicians and I can remote in and assign free Ip’s and update the list.

Lately its gotten pretty messy and we are spending a majority of our time managing the lists and surveying the buildings. Do you have any thoughts/ideas/software that might help make this a little less painful?
I’ve been looking for a better way to manage it…but haven’t found to much…Let me know.”

Answer from wseaton

“I’m not trying to be a jerk, but have you or your company thought about putting these efforts instead into getting a DHCP scheme that actually works an then be done with it?

I don’lengkung langit mind static IP addressing for small environments, but for multiple subnets it’s a black hole that eats resources unless you have some smart switches capable of dumping the data at multiple layers, or Win2k. ”

Answer from howard2nd

“Definitely a candidate for DHCP – It can be implemented on a system running Windows NT or preferably 2000 peladen, or Linux. Best bet FreeBSD limited to the minimal number of services. That handles the assignment of addresses, then management is LDAP. You did titinada say how you handled the DNS issues, but LDAP and Bind can both run on the FreeBSD peladen.

If you use FreeBSD and have fully populated your 8 Class ‘C’ subnets the the money goes to the best NIC you can get your hands on, Intel processor and motherboard at 300/400 MHz or better, max out the memory if possible and the smallest Hard drive you can buy (currently 20GB). Plain CD and no need for fancy graphics or sound.

Best practices would say to build two systems the same and have a warm backup ready.

If you go with the Windows 2000 Peladen you double the system requirements, but gain the native WINS server capability to go with the rest.

I just migrated from NT4 to 2000 – couldn’tepi langit stay with declared problems going un-patched. ”

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