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    Hello


    Can i install SBS 2003 server without DHCP, if routers act as a DHCP servers ?

    Can the XP SP2 clients update SBS DNS dynamically if router is DHCP server, or do we have to maintain DNS manually ?

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    Re: SBS 2003 without DHCP

    Yes and No

    Much better to use the SBS as your DHCP server as this lets you roll out DNS and WINS servers as well as dynamically updating DNS. Configuration is easy (UTFW) and your router should be easy enough to turn off DHCP

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    • #3
      Re: SBS 2003 without DHCP

      How about TCP/IP settings>DNS>Register this connection's addresses in DNS, would this update DNS dynamically without Windows DHCP server.


      The problem with SBS DHCP is that we have 2 additional sites and i think that with router DHCP, we can decrease bandwith between sites and server ?

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      • #4
        Re: SBS 2003 without DHCP

        Each site should have its own DHCP server handling its own subnet.
        If neither of the sub-sites is large enough for its own server, there are a number of ways to handle site-to-site traffic. Using RWW to control a PC in the main office is one, a Terminal Server in the main office is another.
        There is a paper on how to connect a branch office in SBS over on www.smallbizserver.net that I can't find the link for just now......
        TIA

        Steven Teiger [SBS-MVP(2003-2009)]
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        • #5
          Re: SBS 2003 without DHCP

          Originally posted by teiger View Post
          Each site should have its own DHCP server handling its own subnet.

          Is it possible to enable SBS DHCP in main office and configure router in each site to forward DHCP querys to SBS server ?

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          • #6
            Re: SBS 2003 without DHCP

            Do you have a site-to-site VPN set up so that they are virtually one segment/subnet?
            It's possible, but I haven't tried it and wouldn't recommend it!
            Imagine if your link is down and you can't get an IP address. Your station is pretty much dead in the water for EVERYTHING!
            TIA

            Steven Teiger [SBS-MVP(2003-2009)]
            http://www.wintra.co.il/
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            • #7
              Re: SBS 2003 without DHCP

              Originally posted by teiger View Post
              Do you have a site-to-site VPN set up so that they are virtually one segment/subnet?
              It's possible, but I haven't tried it and wouldn't recommend it!
              Imagine if your link is down and you can't get an IP address. Your station is pretty much dead in the water for EVERYTHING!
              Its MPLS provided by our ISP. Site routers connect to main office router which shares the connection to internet.

              If link is down, DHCP is not the problem. Clients keep their DHCP addresses for 8 days by default. And if the link is down station is dead anyway, because they cannot connect to internet, shared folders, email, etc...

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