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Can Microsoft Active Directory work without its DHCP service?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by lefty.crupps, Aug 21, 2007.

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  1. lefty.crupps

    lefty.crupps Thread Starter

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    One of my client's Active Directory server (Windows 2003 Server) went down when we installed Service Pack 2. We were able to remove the service pack and get it running again, but until then the client was without any Internet connectivity, due to their DHCP running on the Windows AD. It was a six hour nightmare.

    Can a Windows Active Directory do its job without running its own DHCP service? We would like to unload the DHCP from the Windows box to a Linux box or even to the WatchGuard router, but I am not sure how well the Windows server would take this hit to its functionality (or ego ;)).

    Thanks for any insights into this issue.
     
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