How to setup DHCP on a Windows Server 2008 R2 server and join a computer to a domain. DHCP (Dynamic Host Protocol) is responsible for assigning devices an IP addresses automatically or reservations (based on their MAC addresses).
You typically see this in just about any enterprise environment. In some very small environments (home networks for example), you might have a router handeling all of the DHCP roles, but as the organization grows, you want to be able to manage devices and their IP addresses.
A very popular reason to use DHCP reservations is for devices such as printers. It’s much easier to manage printers this way since you can manage assigning IP addresses remotely.
Joining a computer to a domain is a very simple process as well. The main problem I hear from people is that the client computer that they are trying to join cannot talk (or see) the domain controller. The main reason for this has been that the computer’s DNS server was not pointing to the domain controller.
How to setup DHCP and join a computer to a domain.
Server: Windows Server 2008 R2 Tutorial
To join a computer to the newly created domain:
- Boot the client computer up
- Make sure it received a correct IP settings from the newly created DHCP server.
- Double check the DNS settings the client computer had received, it should be the server’s IP.
- Follow along to join the computer to the domain.
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