IPAM: IP Address Management with Windows Server – Installation and Configuration

Configuring IPAM and Server Discovery


Configure the IPAM server

In this part, we’ll see how to configure the IPAM server and DHCP servers to retrieve the organization’s addressing information.

Go back to the server manager, the administration of IPAM is accessible through the menu on the left 1 , click on it.

Acces IPAM par le gestionnaire de serveur

On the new page, click Configure IPAM Server 1 to launch the wizard.

Démarrer la configuration d'IPAM

The first page of the wizard explains the information that IPAM can collect and the way it is used. Click Next 1 .

Assistant de configuration

Configure the database: if necessary change the IPAM database storage path A and click Next 1 .

IPAM choisir une base de données

IPAM does not work with a SQL Express database.

Choose Supply: select the option Based on Group Policy 1 , specify the prefix for GPO 2 and click Next 3 .

Configuration découverte des serveurs

Summary: Confirm the configuration by clicking Apply 1 .

Résume de la configuration

Wait while the wizard applies the configuration …

Patienter pendant la configuration

Leave the wizard by clicking on the Close button 1 .

Fermer l'assistant : configuration terminée

From the server manager, we can see that the action is complete and the date when it was done 1 .

IPAM suivi avancement

Open a PowerShell command prompt in administrator mode and enter the command below to create the GPOs:

Invoke-IpamGpoProvisioning -domain rdr-it.intra -gpoprefixname IPAM -Ipamserverfqdn lab-ipam

Log on to a domain controller, launch the MMC Group Policy Management Console, and verify the creation of the 3 GPOs.

GPO ajoutées

Configure server discovery

Go back to the server manager and click on Configure Server Discovery 1 .

Configuration découverte

Select domain 1 and click on Add 2 .

Ajout du domaine

Select the roles to be inventoried A then click on OK 1 .

Choix des rôles à remonter dans IPAM

The configuration is complete, we see the number of managed domain 1 and the list of scheduled tasks 2 .

Configuration de la découverte terminée

Now that the IPAM service is configured and functional, we will see how to populate the database with the servers in the organization.

Manage servers from IPAM

From the IPAM overview, click Start Server Discovery 1 .

Lancer la découverte des serveurs

A yellow banner appears in the box, wait while the task is running. You can have more information by clicking on More … A .

Tache en cours...

Detail of tasks …

When the task is complete, click Select or add servers to manage and check IPAM access 1 .

Ajout des serveurs découverts

Since this view appears the servers discovered by the IPAM service, for the moment they are just inventorier in the console.

Liste des serveurs

Right click on a server to manage and click on Edit server 1 .

Modifier un serveur

Change the Manageability Status field to Managed 1 and click OK 2 .

Changer l etat de gerabilite

Back to the list of servers, we see that the state of management facility has been changed to “Managed” but access to IPAM is still blocked 1 . This is because the server still has not applied the GPOs.

Serveur bloqué

Still on the IPAM server, open a PowerShell Administrator window and enter the commands below to force the Group Policy update.

Enter-PSSession nom-fqdn-du-serveur-modifier-dans-IPAM

Wait a moment (30min to 1H), the time the server is updated that information is reported. Regularly refresh the task manager to check the server status change.

Repeat for all servers whose information must be present in the IPAM database.

When the servers are unblocked, they are displayed as below, so that the data is available in IPAM, the state of the data recovery must be “Done”.

Serveurs débloqués

Now that IPAM services are able to trace network information, we will see an overview of possible actions.