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.