is Windows DHCP best practice in a new AD environment

in an Active Directory environment, is there any advantage over using Windows DHCP server over any old DHCP service (let's say setting it up on a Linux box or on a Cisco device for instance)?  is it simply a case of using it because it is there?  or is using it a best practice in a Microsoft AD/DNS environment?  reason i'm asking is, we're planning an AD migration to a centralized domain from what we currently have which is a distributed series of AD environments.  there's some debate on whether DHCP should even be included in the scope of the discussions, let alone how it should be implemented.  AD is being centralized, but as a site IT support person, i'm trying to build an argument in favour of my insisting i still have some local management of DHCP (reservations what not).

i guess i'm asking two questions.  1) is Windows DHCP a no-brainer in a fresh or migrated AD environment, and 2) even though i will (in the end) have only OU Admin level access over my local site, is there a way to still allow me DHCP management at my local site?  question 1 is most important to me as i don't know why the Project Managers are treating this aspect of the project lightly.
Andy ConnockIT CoordinatorAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes. Windows does a good job of DHCP and DNS and we let our Servers do this. You can manage things like reserved IP addresses (which is more flexible than Static IP addresses) if you use Server DHCP.  You can manage scope more easily as well.
Cliff GaliherCommented:
1) perhaps they aren't treating it lightly at all. They just don't agree with you so you feel like they are treating it lightly.  There are tangible benefits with having DHCP on a windows server on am AD environment. From better integration with IP Am solutions to integrated secure updates.

2) Yes. Assuming a scope is created per site, that can be delegated similar to how an OU is.

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I much prefer to do DHCP in the Windows Server than elsewhere.  It is very flexible and there is lots of support available for it.  I find that routers tend to get replaced more often than servers so I'm not having to recreate DHCP as often.  If I do move to a new server, it's fairly straightforward to export and to import all of the settings.
My general approach is to have one VM that does AD, DNS, and DHCP and nothing else.  I think that's pretty common.
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IN the AD environment, the only DNS servers that should be pushed are those where the AD DC records exist, mainly. With that in mind, the DHCP server is not as important, but if there are other roles that your windows servers have, WDS, etc. then their use on a Windows platform I ....
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Also, keep in mind that having DC and AD and then DHCP and DNS in one place instead of several is very helpful indeed.
R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistCommented:

Of course it is a good idea to use a DHCP server, in an environment with Active Directory.

First that the installation and configuration is very simple, additional allows you
configure areas for different IP ranges, as well as reserved ip and ip address management is much more effective.

Andy ConnockIT CoordinatorAuthor Commented:
thanks everyone.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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