DNS on Server 2k3

Here is something I need some input on!!

Windows 2k3 Server running as a simple server. No active directory, DHCP, email, web hosts, etc. I have a VPN created with router to router (RV042). I do have Terminal Server running to allow multiple users to connect thru RD. The router is doing the DNS & DHCP, while most of the workstations (& server) have static IP's.

My question is this: do I need DNS on the server?? And do I need Routing & Remote Access???

Sorry that was 2 questions!!

Thanks!!
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Bill_FleuryCommented:
It doesn't sound like you need DNS running on the server in the least.  If you were running AD, then it would be a different story.  Same goes for RRA, if you have the router to router VPN running, then you shouldn't need RRA running.  Easy way to test is just disable the DNS server service and the RRA service, and see if everything still works, just in case there is some unforeseen part of those services you are using somewhere on your network for some function not outlined in your question.

But simple answer, no it doesn't sound like you need either in that setup.
Rob WilliamsCommented:
>>"do I need DNS on the server?? And do I need Routing & Remote Access???"
Yo do not need RRAS at all as Bill stated. Currently your VPN and NAT are being handled by the router, and that is the better way to configure, when you have the option.
As for DNS, the DNS you have configured on the router points to the ISP to resolve Internet based names. If you are not running your own domain you will not need local DNS, local name resolution will rely on NetBIOS, unless you have set up a WINS server.  
Is there a reason you don't want to configure a Domain and set up Active Directory and local DNS. There are some advantages, if none other than being able to use group policy to control your users. No need to do so, but I am a fan of using AD when possible.

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BlinkrAuthor Commented:
>Is there a reason you don't want to configure a Domain and set up Active Directory and local DNS. There are some advantages, if none other than being able to use group policy to control your users. No need to do so, but I am a fan of using AD when possible.

As I stated in the question, this is only a simple server to allow a few outside locations to get to a database app thru Remote Desktop. They wouldn't even have a server if it wasn't needed for multiple RD's to access this app. Therefore, there isn't any need for the additional cost of managing the additional services.

So is the DNS really needed?? I have it turned off at the moment & haven't heard anyone yelling yet.

Thanks for the info!!
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BlinkrAuthor Commented:
>It doesn't sound like you need DNS running on the server in the least.

Thanks, Bill!! That's what I thought!! And Rob verified that I don't need the RRAS, so this may solve some small issues that have been popping up too.
Rob WilliamsCommented:
Ah! I understand the simple config then.
As mentioned, you should be fine without DNS.
Rob WilliamsCommented:
Thanks Blinkr ,
--Rob
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