Domain clients must manually set DNS server address

Posted on 2004-09-27
Last Modified: 2010-04-10
I am running a Windows 2000 domain with 12 XP clients logging into the domain.  I have found that the clients cannot access network resources (nor are they assigned an IP address) unless I manually set the DNS server address (in TCP/IP properties) to the IP address of the domain server (  In other words, the clients are not able to obtain the DNS server address automatically.  This is a real pain because our laptop users have to reset setting this every other day or they can’t access the network.   What have I done wrong?

Specs:  Windows 2000 Server domain (sp4), Netgear firewall/router as the gateway, all XP clients (SP1) on the domain.

Question by:timabe
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ID: 12163614
Are you using DHCP to provide your ip addresses to your client? If you do, you must pass your DNS Server address in the advanced properties of your network scope..
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Open DHCP Manager
Open your scope.
Under scope option, add 006 DNS Server (with ip address)...

you can also add 015 (Dns domain name, ex:


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For simplicity's sake I'm letting the Netgear router ( handle DHCP.  Is that what's wrong?  If so, should I enable DHCP on the server and add the DNS address to the network scope?
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Yes, you should always use your DC as a DHCP Server, especially on a domain.. much more control over what you want to do, and you can pass all kinds of information with it..

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ID: 12164130
you also have the option of doing Reservations with your 2000 server's dhcp server, and you cannot do that with your netgear's one..

How To Install and Configure a DHCP Server in an Active Directory Domain in Windows 2000;en-us;300429&sd=tech
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Other windows 2000 DHCP Ressources:

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Thanks for the help and the quick response!!  DHCP is running and all clients are happy!

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