overriding Dhcp (setting a static IP) and the DNS advanced settings on WIN7 & WINXP desktops (including WINS)
Posted on 2011-09-16
Here are similar questions with different wording:
1) Does overriding DHCP require you to manually configure the DNS server settings, such as Domain Name System (DNS) and Windows Internet Name Service (WINS)?
2) If you set a static IP, must you also configure the DNS server settings, such as Domain Name System (DNS) and Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) on an windows XP or 7 Client?
I think these are the answers:
o You only have to override the default settings if the DHCP/DNS server is not set up to supply the necessary information.
o If WINS isn’t working on our clients, it should be set up on the DHCP server. Since Windows NT, LAN/Domain admins can set IP, WINS & DNS settings both via the DNS services of the DHCP server settings.
o If we can’t figure out how to do that, that setting could be pushed to the clients via a remote desktop management tool (via SCCM or Group Policy ). We should be able to get away from manually entering WINS on every machine in the advanced DNS settings tabs..
o We should do central static IPs via DHCP by storing and leasing the MAC address of the static machines on the DHCP server, -- until we do so we will be unable to use other remote technologies (like pushing OSes to the desktop)!