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    Neither DCs nor DHCP are heavy services, you could comfortably reduce your footprint by virtualising them in pairs (one metal server hosts a virtual DC and a virtual DHCP instance).

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    I do this, doesn't seem to present any issues.

    For some reason one of them seams to grab more clients then the other one. But if I disable the keen one the other one will pick up the slack without issue.

    EDIT: Our's are both VMs, although we have a rule setup to stop them being on the same physical box.

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    Oops, I didn't realise this was a bad thing.. I know what I'm going to be doing the rest of the week...

    Does anyone know if I need to have the DHCP server on the same domain as the DC ? I'm just wondering if I can use one DHCP server for both my domains.

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    We used to run it on our DC for one site but moved it to our firewall like every other side. TBH you hardly notice it running.

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    When we are all running GCHQs server farm, then worrying about the security of the DHCP Server running with high privliges might be an issue but lets not fight about such things here please

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    I have always installed DHCP Server on a single DC or on both DCs for added redundancy. DHCP Server is incredibly light on resources (even within large networks).

    I would only be concerned if a server was incredibly overloaded, in which case introducing member servers as print/file/application servers would be the way forward.

    Keeping AD, DNS and DHCP Server together would be recommended in the majority of situations.



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