Windows SBS 2003 and Router config.

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My SBS 2003 finely died after 7 years on a PIII 256MB Micron clunker running two RAID1 and two single drives mostly used for data at home. Tons of movies and music and of course other files.
Anyway. My Linksys router (new) is doing DHCP and DNS right now with a comcast connection.
I have a new Dell server which will be running SBS 2003. I'll build it with the same domain. I know I'll need to remover computers from domain and join this new one since it's a diff. machine. Question, the last server I ran DHCP and DNS on the server and I know DHCP was turned off on the router (Only one DHCP server). Do I also need to do the same for DNS? turn off dns on the router?
Also should I just keep runninig DNS and DHCP on the router and not on my new SBS 2003 server?
I won't be using the Ecxhange server on it but maybe later and I will not be using the Remore Web Workplace just a pass through for VPN.
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Hi,

SBS is happiest when it's doing DNS & DHCP itself. DNS is AD-integrated so I wouldn't even think about turning that off, DHCP is also best done on SBS box. This will ensure that IP address changes are updated correctly in DNS and there's no real reason to use the router for DHCP.

As for DNS on the router - DNS differs from DHCP in that you can have as many DNS servers on a network as you want, the only important thing is that your clients should be pointing to the SBS server for DNS. DHCP responds to broadcasts on the network so you should only have one, DNS servers have to have clients query them specifically so it doesn't matter if you have multiple DNS servers on your network.

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Thanks budchawla,
How do I make sure my clients are using DNS from my SSB? if they join the domain is that good enough. If I remember correctly while running DNS on the router and server any computer on the network pretty much would use the DNS on the server without me doing anything.
If you're doing DHCP on the SBS box then all you need to do is look at the network card on the PC and make sure it is set to obtain an IP automatically and obtain DNS automatically. On the SBS server make sure it is pointing to itself only  for DNS.

If you run an ipconfig/all on the client it will show you what it is using for DNS.
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thanks,
I'll get crackin in about an hour....
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Done deal
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