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DHCP Server Placement

Hi EEs,

Can anyone pls advice me where I should keep my DHCP Servers....

Either it should be in Cisco Switches (with HA) or in Windows base Server Win2008/2012 for all my PCs & Phones?

Switches will be on redundancy (2 core switches) & windows server will be vertulized on VMWare

We are going to have some 75-100 PCs & 50 Phones,

Kindly advice should I make DHCP server to serve the IP to all devices to Cisco Switch or Win2008 server?

Any prompt reply will be highly appreciated,

many thanks in advance..

3 Solutions
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I do not see how serving DHCP addresses is the switch's job?

DHCP should be handled either by a router or a server.

Miguel Angel Perez MuñozCommented:
IMO depends of clients.
Clients can register itself on DNS, both options are good, maybe on switch is better than other because it is redundant.
Clients can not register itself on DNS, I prefer use Windows DHCP to get this feature.
Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Keep it in Windows please as it DHCP and DNS are integrated.
MAS (MVE)Technical Department HeadCommented:
I tried DHCP in cisco switch and I found reverse lookup was not properly updated.
Finally I swtched back to windows DHCP.
it can work either way. I'd choose the machine to service DHCP depending on WHO is in charge of DHCP service (it might be either Network Administrator or Windows Administrator).
In case you are the administrator of both machines, well ... then it's really up to you, do it the way you are more confident.

hope this helps
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