Probably OT ??

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Subject: Probably OT ??
Posted by:  Mel Smith (med_cutout_synt…@aol.com)
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012

Hi:

Background:
    -    I run three non-commercial web sites (very low activity) from my
home office.
    -    My router is a D-link Model Name: DIR-825
    -    My main (and currently only) server is an older Dell Desktop using
Win XP Pro and running Apache 2.22
    -    I wish to test-run a backup server on a new 64-bit ASUS Laptop
running Win 7 Home-Premium.
    -    I wish to switch back and forth between the two servers and test
how things work (or don't work).
    -    I have another Desktop PC (Win XP Pro) on my local network with the
two other machines I just mentioned.
    -    My range of local IPs is from 192.168.0.10 thru 192.168.0.17

Problem:
    -    How do I *quickly* switch back and forth between the two alternate
servers ?

    -    I *would like* to have the *same* local IP for each of the servers,
but I don't know how to force the assignment of an IP on each the servers.
That is, I don't understand the options when I enter:
            C:\>  ipconfig /?

        But I assume that there is a set of arguments for me to make *both*
server machines as 192.168.0.11  ??

    -    And I know that each machine on a local network has to have its own
unique IP -- but I will ensure that each of the server machines is only
turned on and active after the other is turned off.

    -    Of course, the alternate way is to address the router
(http://192.168.0.1), and make the annoying changes there (passwords, and
trying to understand the graphical portion of the password entry system,
etc). This really bugs me, and is painful.

    So, how do I *force* my choice of local IP addresses, please ?

Thanks for any guidance/suggestions offered.

-Mel Smith

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