How would you run DNS on small networks
In the old days, I used to have static IPs on my Win98 computers with county DNS servers (188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 here in CLEO).
When broadband came along and we had to change IP's - I found a nifty DHCP program that ran on Win98 "server" and used that to give out IPs but I stayed with the county DNS servers as I didn't have a DNS server.
As I 've switch schools onto W2k3 servers - I set DHCP on the server to just hand out the server IP for DNS.
However, I noticed that when the server went down, everyone lost T'internet so I modified my approach and get the DHCP sever to hand out primary DNS as the server ip (i.e 10.87.13.2) and 220.127.116.11 as the 2nd DNS.
Now its been put to me that this isn't a good arrangement so my question is
Is it OK to do this or is it so bad I need to go back to previous settings and lose internet when server goes down (usually a mains issue) or is there someother cheap method not involving a backup server to get around this issue :)