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Difference between DHCP Server in 2k8 vs Setting up DHCP server in the router

Hi Experts,

This is maybe a stupid question but I just wanted to know whats the difference between setting up DHCP server in Cisco IOS vs DHCP Server in Windows 2k8 Server?

What if the range i setup in the router is different from that of the GUI of Windows 2K8?

Thanks in advance.

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Difference between DHCP Server in 2k8 vs Setting up DHCP server

Hello Eric.

In regards to how it works there is not really a big difference between each one of them.

Usually engineers stick with servers running dhcp(any other services as well) and leave the routers  to routing, but, there have been times where I had no server, so a  router did the job just fine.

Now there is also the debate of centralizing dhcp so that all of your pools are serviced from a centralized location, think about desing and what implementation is more scalable and easier to troubleshoot.

Regarding to the second question:

What if the range i setup in the router is different from that of the GUI of Windows 2K8?

You can't serve the same vlan with two different ranges, when you setup a range in a pool is to get serviced a specific vlan, remember a vlan is a broadcast domain, so you can't have two diferent ranges in two different broadcast domains) to serve one vlan.

If you setup something like that, the client will send a DHCP DISCOVER and the server that process it first will be the one that offers an ip address... not a good implementation.

Regards.

Wilson B

Cisco Employee

Difference between DHCP Server in 2k8 vs Setting up DHCP server

Hi Eric,

Both DHCP have similar basic functionality but different options according to their line of needs. With windows 2k8 windows DHCP is essential cause Active Directory is closely integrated with windows DHCP server for many services, AD require windows DHCP and is best suitable. there are many options that windows DHCP offers but other do not like,

  • DNS registration, PTR registration,
  • MAC addressing filtering for DHCP leases
  • Generate link layer address filtering lists from current leases
  • Create reservations from current leases
  • DHCP name protection
  • Create new DHCP options that apply only to reservations
  • Integration with NAP
  • DHCP logging enhancements
  • DHCP Split Scope Wizard
  • Delayed DHCP Server Response Setting

etc, So its up to requirement what you use.

You can allocate different ranges from same IP scheme/range for same VLAN. Its used for load balnaceing or failover so atleast if one DHCP is down other can give IP addresses.

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