IP address conflicts

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Mon Sep 27 02:22:25 PDT 2004

On Mon, Sep 27, 2004 at 08:51:47AM +0930, Tim Aslat wrote:

> I have an annoying situation in a school I do casual work in their IT
> department.  There are a number of individuals within the system who
> think it's funny to allocate an IP address on a workstation identical to
> the network's proxy/web/mail servers.  What I'd like to know is, would
> there be any way of preventing this short of spending quite a lot of
> money on managed switches an the like?

Well, you could move all of the servers onto a separate network to any
of the individual client machines (and make sure that the server
network isn't accessible from any of the network ports your clients
have access to, clearly).  That way, even if one of your pet idiots
decides to 'borrow' a server IP address, the network routing means
that all they are going to do is hurt themselves.



Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.                       26 The Paddocks
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