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Windows Server change Management software

IP address management is difficult for large organizations with hundreds of networks. Windows Server 2012 has an IPAM feature that allows for management and configuration from a database perspective.

IP Address Management (IPAM) is the name of an IT discipline that involves centralized management, monitoring, and auditing of IP address spaces and corresponding infrastructure servers on a network. Smaller organizations, those with just a few IP networks to keep track of, can't appreciate the difficulty some large organizations have in tracking, assigning, planning, and changing IP addresses. For the distributed organization with hundreds of networks and just as many DNS and DHCP servers involved in delivering IT services, IPAM becomes a need, not a luxury.


Even organizations without formal IPAM applications keep track of their IP address information somehow-most typically in spreadsheets. IPAM lets you view IP address availability and configuration from a database perspective, enabling you to use your addresses more efficiently. IPAM features such as IP reconciliation and automation can eliminate the need to use spreadsheets for tracking addresses.

IPAM is performed on a Microsoft network by an installable Windows Server 2012 feature that you run on a domain member server to "centrally watch and manage" the other servers on your network that are actually doing the work. IPAM manages the functionality of the following Windows servers:

  • DHCP Service
  • DNS Server
  • Network Policy Server (NPS)
  • Active Directory Domain Controller (DC)

After you deploy IPAM, you can choose which services on which servers are to be centrally managed or unmanaged. Managed servers must be configured with access settings that allow IPAM to remotely manage, monitor, or audit them. You can either configure these settings manually on each server, or IPAM can provision managed servers automatically using Group Policy Objects (GPOs). Once you deploy IPAM, you use IPAM for making changes because the IPAM database becomes your central authority on IP addresses.

Steps to Deploy IPAM on Windows Server 2012

#1 Install the IPAM Server Role In Windows Server 2012 Server Manager, run the Manage...Add Roles and Features wizard to install the IP Address Management (IPAM) Server feature. You cannot install IPAM on a domain controller. #2 Provision the IPAM Server After installing the IPAM server feature, navigate in Windows Server 2012 Server Manager to IPAM | Overview. Click on step 2, "Provision the IPAM server". Select either the Manual or Group Policy Based provisioning method.

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