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Multiple DHCP servers on same subnet ?

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Is it possible to have two DHCP servers running on the same subnet. I want one to give IP adresses to the workstations on the LAN and to other to give IP adresses to users dailing in from remote via RAS. They won't be serving the same scope of adresses but how will our Win95 and NT workstation machines know from which server to get their adress ? I guess having two DHCP-servers on different networks (though physically connected but with different IP ranges) won't be a problem.
How does it work anyway. Will workstations (W95 and NT) search for a DHCP-server only on the same subnet ?
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Put simply they broadcast, and the first DHCP server to respond will become that stations DHCP server until such time as the DHCP server is not available and the lease must be renewed.

So you can't control which server the workstations will go to.  Also if you have two DHCP servers available you MUST ensure that the scope ranges do not overlap.
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