windows 2012 essentials server dhcp and dns
Posted on 2014-03-05
Been a while since I set up a server. I'm now doing this one for an office that has 4 computers connecting to a 2012 essentials server.
While setting up I noticed there is no DHCP role configured by default and that the server is operating off of dhcp from the router.
To top it off I did a couple of quick searches and what I saw was it was designed to work that way and was ok to have the server obtaining an ip from the router along with letting it handle dns
I've got 2 clients connected now, they are new pc's no one is using and everything seems to work fine in this configuration. If no one thinks this will be a problem I might leave it as is because this office shares internet with another office and I'm not crazy about one office using the others server as dhcp (not that it matters I guess)
Last time I ran into this I didn't have control of the firewall and there was a lot of fancy stuff going on so I just assigned static ip's to the 6 or so workstations that were there.
It just concerns me because I've always been of the belief that dhcp and dns with AD was criticall to be on the server, but now Microsoft has these settings by default.
Is this ok or should I assign a static ip and make my server the dhcp server?
If it works like this I think I'd just rather leave it as is.