Unit 1. Assignment 1. Windows 2008 Network Services
Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes
In this assignment, you will explain the function of DHCP and DNS.
Write a 1-page report summarizing IT-management overhead in reference to DHCP and DNS.
In your report, address IT-management overhead in reference to DNS and DHCP, with the following question in mind:
1. How many hosts does it take to justify the time and effort to setup a centrally managed solution for name resolution and address allocation? (In other words, is it worth setting up DHCP for two computers? 5? 25?) Consider both MS Windows Server DNS and DHCP as well ...view middle of the document...
I believe one host is enough. In fact, if the host has a functioning network interface which is connected to a network chances are it is managed by DHCP uses DNS for name resolution. Although most end users don’t know or understand the how their computer connects to the Internet and never realize their computer is being managed by the router/gateway installed by their ISP which perform the roles of DHCP and DNS servers. I prefer to manage the IP address received by my computers at home by making reservations that way I always know the IP addresses of various hosts on my home network.
2. At what point should DNS or DHCP be considered a priority and require some level of redundancy?
This is dependent upon the importance of having a network connection at all times. The Military, Federal Government, Banks, Hospitals, and Fortune 500 companies make this a high priority. Not doing so could result in loss of life or loss of millions of dollars. A home user that uses their computer to watch YouTube videos and surf the web probably wouldn’t be too concerned with this.
3. Should servers use DHCP?
This depends on the requirements, needs, or desires of the individual. There may be instances were using static IP addresses only will suffice. But for the most part, particularly when talking on an enterprise level it’s best to let DCHP issue IP addresses to hosts.