I havesome questions about DHCP and windows server 2003. If you are willing
to help me I would greatly apprecite it. Here goes several.

How does my DHCP server get an IP and where does it come from?
How do the other PC's on my network know to look at the DHCP server I specify?

My server will also be my domain controller and my DNS server. I have
successfully configured that. However, DHCP is giving me issues. I have a
router that is currently my DHCP server. Do I turn off DHCP on the router
first, then configure my 2003 box to take its place?

Will my win 2003 server have its own IP as its DHCP server and DNS server?

What do I point my server to as far as its gateway as well as the clients?

I realize these might by trivial questions, but I really am not
understanding the process of how to correctly setup DHCP and configure it for
my network. I have used several tutorials at windowsnetworking.com and
microsoft support.



Mike Schumann

As a general rule, you should only have one DHCP server on a network. If
you already have a router doing this, why complicate your life and add this
to your Windows 2003 server?

If you do run the DHCP service on the server, you can configure the starting
address and ending address of the pool(s) that the DHCP provides to clients.
The Windows 2003 Server needs to have a static IP address configured. Check
the Windows 2003 documentation on how to set this up.

Mike Schumann



How will my clients know to look at the DHCP server I setup? Also what would
be the router for the DHCP server and clients? This is the first time I am
setting up DHCP.I think I am missing some fundamental concepts. Thanks you
for your help.

Adam Rothschild



Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]

stopnowgo said:

How will my clients know to look at the DHCP server I setup?

They'll get an address from the first DHCP server that answers when they
boot up & request an IP. Disable DHCP on your router and set it up on your
server - authorize it, create a scope, activate it.

I'd set up a range from .1 - .254 and exclude .1 - .50 or so for static
addresses - perhaps also exclude .200 - .254 just in case.
Set up the router for the internal IP address of your router/gateway.
Set up DNS to point only at your internal DNS server's IP address (and use
forwarders on the DNS server to your ISP's DNS servers).


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