Setting up windows server 2008

Posted on 2011-05-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I'm setting up Windows server 2008 on a home network. I currently have a linksys router acting as a dhcp and dns server. Do I need to disable the dhcp and dns server on my router or is it enough if I assign a static ip and dns address to each computer connected to the server?

Thank you in advance.
Question by:now2010

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    also, do I keep the default gateway at
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    I would use the Windows 2008 DHCP service for this.  If you use Windows 2008 for DHCP then it should automatically create DNS records for your PC's.  Not absolutely necessary, but should make everything work better.
    You could continue to use the Router if you like.  Set the DNS value (in the DHCP settings) to your Windows 2008 server.
    Gateway should be set to the Router IP address.  If you load some type of Proxy or Firewall software on your 2008 server then you would make the Gateway setting be the 2008 Server IP address (this is in the DHCP settings or PC settings area).

    your DNS primary server on the PC's should be the Windows 2008 DNS service.  This is how Active Directory communicates - it uses DNS on the server and the PC's need to access the server's DNS.  

    In your 2008 DNS service settings (open the DNS manager console program, select your server and go to Properties) you should configure the DNS Forwarder to be your Router or your ISP's DNS server.  this way the windows 2008 will have another DNS server to contact for addresses it is not responsible for.

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