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Hello all,

I am very new to the whole server realm of computing so I decided to setup a home server running Server 2008 R2. I am doing this to learn and help me in my classes (one of which is currently focusing on 2008 R2)

My first question is in a small network like the one I am setting up at home should I use DHCP that is built into my router or disable that and use DHCP through the server?

Also if anyone has advice they want to throw out there, something you found helpful, that would be helpful that would be great too.
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For home, I just use the routers DHCP as it is always on. I reserve 192.168.1.10 ~ 192.168.1.50 for media servers, game systems and anything that will be permanently attached to the network. This allows me the convenience of a simple list of devices that I can forward ports too or block access to/from other sections of the network/internet.

But seeing as you are doing this for class I would mess around with running it on the server just to get the hang of the setup and configuration. You can always fall back to the router if you mess something up. =P
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Originally Posted by DarkPhoenix View Post

For home, I just use the routers DHCP as it is always on. I reserve 192.168.1.10 ~ 192.168.1.50 for media servers, game systems and anything that will be permanently attached to the network. This allows me the convenience of a simple list of devices that I can forward ports too or block access to/from other sections of the network/internet.
But seeing as you are doing this for class I would mess around with running it on the server just to get the hang of the setup and configuration. You can always fall back to the router if you mess something up. =P

Thanks for the response, and I might just do that. I have been messing around with it in a VM but having it actually working would be nice.
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Run DHCP through the server just so you can get the experience.
    
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Yeah, I would also recommend running it through your sever. Heck, instead of setting static IPs on your server, used DHCP reservations (which are better in my opinion), to get yourself familiar with that.
post #6 of 11
In the real world, using your DHCP on the server is100% useless. With that being said, I would recommend using it and possibly DNS on the server just to get the experience with doing so. Keep in mind, though, if this is a machine you constantly reboot because you are playing around, anyone in your house using the internet will likely get a little irritated if the DNS server is constantly dropping. The DHCP aspect, however, wont matter since they usually dont renew their addresses for days.
post #7 of 11
Either/or. The size of a home network will not make a difference on performance.

Usually you'll have more flexibility with an 'actual' (more managed) DHCP server, though.
It's fairly common in large deployments to have a dedicated DHCP/DNS box.

http://bluecatnetworks.com/products/adonis

As stated, it's more an exercise in experience.
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In the real world, using your DHCP on the server is100% useless. With that being said, I would recommend using it and possibly DNS on the server just to get the experience with doing so. Keep in mind, though, if this is a machine you constantly reboot because you are playing around, anyone in your house using the internet will likely get a little irritated if the DNS server is constantly dropping. The DHCP aspect, however, wont matter since they usually dont renew their addresses for days.

While your statements have truth, using DHCP "in the real world" being useless? Totally false. I assume by your statement, you are referring to home users...because in the real world, everything uses DHCP. I use DHCP and DNS on my domain controllers and not my gateway device (which is a box running IPFire). I don't have a wireless router as my gateway device...and my wireless is served by an Access Point only (Unifi).

My Domain Controllers (AD DS, DNS, and DHCP) are virtual boxes and both are only off at the same time during a power failure. If done right, it's quite nice.
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If I use DHCP on my server will that effect the router broadcasting wireless? Will I need to change it to an AP?

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You'd need to disable the other DHCP server in the same broadcast domain for any degree of consistency.

If you have multiple servers, whichever one gets the reply to the client faster, wins.

As far as AP connectivity, nothing will change. A Wireless client looks for DHCP the same way a wired client does.
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