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Domain Laptops & Assigned IP's

Afternoon All,

  I'm relatively new to the AD environment so bare with me. I recently deployed a domain at work and have moved most of everyone off of the workgroups and onto the domain. I have a few laptops that I would like to put on the domain. I've read about cached credentials and how they can be used outside of the office environment. We assign IP addresses to everyone's computer as well as specify the two DNS servers we use here. I assign them when we first switch a user over onto the domain. For all the desktops I leave those setting. For the laptops should I switch them back to auto assign for both IP and DNS so that they won't have problems at home? Will they be fine logging onto the domain at work with none of those settings assigned? If you need anymore information or need me to clarify anything please let me know. Thank you for your time.
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Ok few questions...

1) How come you aren't using DHCP? Much easier to run using dynamic addressing as static assignments will cause all sorts of issues with laptops in general

2) In relation to logging on to the laptops when disconnected from the domain this is also fine since the credentials will be cached as you said, but if you move the laptops to 'auto addressing' but you don't have a DHCP server then they will not be able to communicate with the domain at all.

3) Yes if you leave the laptops with static ip's they won't be able to work at users home(unless by some chance the user in question has the EXACT SAME IP settings by chance, i.e. default gateway etc...)
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My sonicwall is my DHCP server and I have a scope assigned through it. Do I not need to specify internal DNS servers then as long as the DHCP is pointing at the two DNS? I apologize for my limited knowledge of basic networking.
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The 2nd is our 2nd DC that is replicating AD from the first server.
Ok great, so yes just on the DHCP scope on the sonicwall point the DNS entries to both internal servers and you are good to go...
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Thanks that clears everything up. Appreciate it guys. I'll give multiple points out since you all helped.