Service Gateway: Best Practices
All Service Gateway users should follow the best practices listed below.
- Convert all workstations to use automatic Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) prior to migration.
- Set up servers and printers to use fixed DHCP, avoiding hand-configured addresses whenever possible.
- Plan for specialized hardware that requires hand-configured addresses in order to avoid subsequent IP addressing conflicts.
- Limit workgroup size to a full subnet (256 addresses), and avoid multi-netting except in extreme cases.
- Size workgroups appropriately to make efficient use of network address space, the number of addresses needed plus an allowance of 10% for growth.
- Use region-based workgroups for printers and non-routable address space when a unit has locations in multiple buildings.
- Apply firewall security to workgroups where private data or security issues exist, they may also be used elsewhere as needed.
As you use Service Gateway, follow the practices below.
- Keep workgroup access through Service Gateway secure in alignment with the University of Minnesota’s policies. Shared access (usage and/or passwords) is not permitted.
- When fixed addressing is required, use Service Gateway to set device characteristics.
- Avoid hand-configured addressing unless absolutely required.
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