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I have a Windows 2003 server running File Sharing, DHCP, DNS and a domain controller. The client joins the domain fine.
The client is configured to obtain an IP address automatically and that works fine. The client is also configured to obtain a DNS address automatically but that does not work. If I manually set the DNS server address then it works fine. I want to know what I have to do for the client to find the DNS server address automatically.
I don't want the server to run WINS unless I have to.
I have used ipconfig -release and -renew without any luck.
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Hi guitardude101,

You need to specify your DNS server IP in the DHCP scope.

Go into DHCP Admin
Select your DHCP server and scope
Select "Scope options"
Right click in the right-hand pane
Choose "Configure Options"

You'll need option 006 - DNS servers
Put in the DNS server IPs and press OK lots :-)

That should do the trick.

I hope that this helps - let me know if you need any further help.
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Hi.  Thanks for the "A".  Glad I could help :-)
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Thanks for the prompt correct answer. I was going crazy looking for the setting.
I am a Mac software engineer trying to learn Windows network admin stuff. lol

You saved me a headache.
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