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Computer configuration in a Domain environment


If my computer belongs to a domain (Active Directory) do I need to set up type in the local computer the IP address for a DNS and Wins server?
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Forrest BurrisCommented:
That depends on whether or not you are connecting to the network via DHCP or a STATIC IP address. If you're DHCP, then no, that automatically gets added to your local machine. If you are setup with a STATIC IP address, you will need to put in the DNS & WINS manually.
tadeu_lbcAuthor Commented:

Thank you!  I am using DHCP so then I will not need to set up the DNS and Wins - that's nice!  Can you please tell me where I can find a official paper supporting your stament.  I will need it when I present this proposal to my boss!

Thanks again!
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
What are you doing?  Why not give some context to your question?

Your systems will ABSOLUTELY need DNS... the question is, do you assign it via DHCP or statically?  If you use Exchange 2003 or 2000 then you will need WINS as well.  (Exchange 2007 does not need it) - UNLESS you only have one subnet, in which case WINS is unnecessary (WINS permits network browsing across subnets - with only one subnet there's no need).
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This is a link for setting up DHCP services on a 2K3 box


This is a link for setting up DNS services on  a 2K3 box


Please remember to save yourself work you do not need WINS if you are using 2K, 2K3 servers and 2K, XP, Vista clients and have no need for legacy applications.

Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
NOT TRUE.  Exchange Server 2003 still requires WINS, regardless of what the clients are running.
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Intresting point leew??

I have 8 Exchange 2003 servers for 32000 users over 125 sites and we are not using WINS.

Seems to work fine. I have spoke to a MS Preimer support engineer and he told me event though it is best practice it is not essential.


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