DHCP - Router vs Server

January 3, 2007 at 06:40:09
Specs: Windows 2003, P4 3.0
On a small network, 2 to 25 users, which is the preferred method to issue DHCP. Set up the Windows Server, or setup the Router. Both will work, but which is better and why?

On a larger network 25+ Users which is the preferred methodology

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January 3, 2007 at 08:03:54
It is recommended, to take advantage of MS servers dynamic DNS updates, to have the server do dhcp.

Give a person a fish, they eat for a day. Suggest they internet search and they learn a skill for a lifetime.

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January 3, 2007 at 08:19:13
On most small networks with only one subnet, I prefer to use the router. The reasoning behind this is, if for some reason your server should go down, your dynamic IP clients will not have any external network connection since there will be no assigning DHCP server.

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January 3, 2007 at 10:06:17
Good thinking Dan......only problem I see is what happens if your router goes down?

No matter what you do, you're still going to be struggling with a single point of failure unless you have enough money to have two separate internet connections and build redundancy around your network. Most small businesses can't afford this.

If you have a windows Active Directory integrated domain, my advice is to listen to wanderer......I agree with him 100%. The benefits far outweigh the risks (if you consider a server failure more.

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April 19, 2007 at 00:35:28
I prefer to use the server DHCP, but it is most likely for a server to go down Then a Router, Look at it this way, How many moving parts are there on a Router? And How many Moving parts On a Server?

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