WIN 2008 - ipv6 DHCP - DISABLE OR ENABLE

Hi I have configured a test individual Win 2008 32bit server with also DHCP but wanted to know if I should select 'Enable or Disable'?

If I wanted to make a change to the above where would I go to resolve this?

Can the above have an affect on whether my GPO's work?

I think I have actually 'Disabled' it as my test host pc attached is 'Win 7' set to auto discover IP Address!!!
mikey250Asked:
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5g6tdcv4Commented:
If you want to "turn DHCP off" open the DHCP management console and expand the tree , right click the server and select unauthorize
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Jeff PerkinsOwnerCommented:
Don't enable the DHCP server on the 2008 box if you already have a DHCP server on the network, such as another server or a router.  
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SuperTacoCommented:
there's nothing wrong with having another device handle DHCP It won't mess with GPo's  the only exception is in an SBS network. Disabling IPv6 is not recommended by Microsoft, but I've found having IPv6 enabled causes TONS of issues if you're not using it.  
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mikey250Author Commented:
Hi, I do not wish to deactivate DHCP, what I meant was to specifically 'Enable or Disable IPV6' within DHCPk, ie the option I ticked during install at the beginning!!!

That being said I think I did tick 'Disable IPV6' within Dhcp so how do I do it as Ive looked in DHCP but cant find specifically where?

I wish for my Win 2008 Dhcp server to be the allocator of IP Addresses to my internal test network and the Netgear just to be the Internet connection, which Im assuming is the correct thinking anyhow?
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mikey250Author Commented:
Correction - 'That being said I think I did tick 'Disable IPV6' within Dhcp so how do I do it as Ive looked in DHCP but cant find specifically where?'

What I meant above was how do I change it from 'Disabled to Enabled'?
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5g6tdcv4Commented:
just remove the DHCP role and then re-add it. It will give you the option to enable ipv6
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mikey250Author Commented:
On Win 2008 I ticked the box to install it, but on returning to remove it the box is still ticked as expected but 'Dimmed' out so cannot be unticked.!!!
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5g6tdcv4Commented:
Are you opening server manager elevated? Right click and run as administrator?
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mikey250Author Commented:
Yes I am now!!
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ChiefITCommented:
DHCP uses what's called a toredo tunnel. It's an IPsec tunnel and will interfere with MANY Domain services. This includes DNS, Netbios, and a number of others. Now there are means to enable it. BUT, your ROUTER MUST be IPv6 compliant. Also, you have to configure DNS to Accept IPv6. Furthermore, you have to allow BROADCASTS through your tunneling protocol, to include Group policy sharing via Netbios.. This is a very advanced configuration to permit IPv6 over a Domain....

Improperly configuring IPv6 for the entire domain will interfere with things like:
Licensing service
Netlogon
File and print sharing
DNS, (meaning most domain/AD services)
Netbios broadcasts to include GPOs and distributive file service shares
etc....

There are VERY EXPLICIT configuration settings to get IPv6 to work right....Unless you know how to configure IPv6, DISABLE IT on your private domain. Otherwise you will have problems across the board with almost all domain services. There still is NOT adequate documentation to configure IPv6 for a domain.. It exists for ISPs and limited IPv4 addresses. So, your Private IP space isn't really included in that mix.
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mikey250Author Commented:
Hi ChiefIT,  I think you may misinterpret what I mean!!  As my server is just for test purposes and not connecting to anyone else remotely, unless you are saying it is best practice just to select 'Enable' for DHCPv6' even if my LAN is of IPv4 status, which I assume so although Im not sure if it is Win 7 that makes it IPV6 and not no more IPv4?
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mikey250Author Commented:
Hi ChiefIT, I am having problems with my GPO not installing my software on 1 x host pc locally on a test LAN, but not broadcasting anywhere via Netbios so i assume Im ok from that point of view?DIuj2TGR
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OOsorioCommented:
Disablig IPv6 on a Win Server 2008 slows the server down.
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mikey250Author Commented:
Hi OOsorio,  Surely it dont really matter if it slow or not on a Test machine, just for the purposes of understanding what Win 2008 is about!!!?

You know what Im just gonna re-install complete OS as I dont even know where to go to uninstall DHCP and install from fresh, as uninstalling via DHCP server when opened up only removes it but does not install as per when added via features!!
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OOsorioCommented:
Ok.
I know but it's good to know.
Networking | Change Adapter Settings | Properties for the network device is where you can uncheck to disable IPV6

DHCP is a service. You can go to services and disable. You can bring up Server Manager | Roles | DHCP Server and there you'll find the option to Stop, Start, Restart DHCP.
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SuperTacoCommented:
When you disable IPV6, also be cure to make the proper registry changes

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929852


You will also have to go into the hostfile and take out any references to IPv6.  These procedures will ensure your server isn't slowed down.  If Ipv6 is improperly disabled, (Not using the registry) You will experience slowness.  Even though Ip6^ is disabled on the NIC, it's not disabled on the machine. DNS will search for IPv6 before IPv4, henceforth causing the delay
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mikey250Author Commented:
Hi this maybe what is effecting my GPO although just locally connected as cannot get GPO Software to install on host test pc!!!!!!!!!!!
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mikey250Author Commented:
Yes Ive seen 'network adapter' but cant find it now looked everywhere!

I dont wish to stop and start DHCP as that not what Im looking for as tested this already, just need to find as you advised to 'Enable IPV6'!!!!!!!!
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mikey250Author Commented:
Hi Ove,  Should I be running 'gupupdate /force' by logging on as an 'Admin user' ?
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SuperTacoCommented:
Use the registrt edit I sent in mu previous post
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ChiefITCommented:
GPOs are saved within sysvol and shared out via netbios, not DNS. Netbios is a broadcast protocol, and not compatible with IPv6. So, these GPOs will not work with IPv6. The Network redirector service will tell each computer what IP version the broadcast domain and that IP stack will become the "prefered" IP stack for that computer. This means if you type an IPconfig /all at the command prompt, you will see what IP version is the preferred IP stack, (most likely IPv4 if both are enabled on your computer with your IPv4 domain). Make no mistake, you are on an IPv4 network. Without explicit configuration settings to host IPv6 on your network, it will not work for just about all domain features. IPv6 is a tunneling protocol with the ability to encorporate IPsecurity. So, it's really much like an IPsec VPN tunnel, or otherwise stated as a PPP (Point To Point Protocol IPsecurity Tunnel).

Since you are on an IPv4 network, it will improve performance to DISABLE IPv6.

The fact that your GPOs are not working can stem from a number of things. Most likely DCdiag /v at the command prompt, OR event logs will point you in the right direction for a fix..
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mikey250Author Commented:
Hi SuperTaco,  yes thanks I did download the 'Disable IPv6' and it appeared to work!
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mikey250Author Commented:
Hi ChiefIT,  As stated on last thread it is now 'Disabled' although on the Win 2008 32 bit 'Initial configuration' screen it does state next to the IP Address that IPV6 is enabled, but not sure what that means anyway!!!!!

I will create another thread about this IPv6 since you state that IPv6 will not work with GPO's to find out more!!!!

thanks!!
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ChiefITCommented:
What does IPconfig /all say?

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mikey250Author Commented:
Hi CheifIT,  I will send an 'image' of what I mean and the 'ipconfig /all'.

Then I will close thread as normal!

appreciated!!!
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mikey250Author Commented:
Expert: OOsorio - states on Win 2008 removing IPV6 slow server down!!

Expert ChiefIT - states Since you are on an IPv4 network, it will improve performance to DISABLE IPv6.

So I will have to check this out when I re-install Win 2008 next time!!!

Otherwise sound advice overall!!
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