DHCP and DNS on same virtual machiner?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by abuabdo, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. abuabdo

    abuabdo MDL Novice

    Oct 29, 2012
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    Hello
    I am considering to build a home lab with following:Domain Controller, Backup Domain Controller, Backup server, FTP server, DNS and DHCP server.
    All are going to be virtual machines using ESXI 5.5
    My question is: What are up and downsides for the DNS and DHCP server if I use them on one vm or on 2 different vm's

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  2. TimU

    TimU MDL Novice

    Feb 2, 2014
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    Unless you're building at the very large enterprise-scale, or providing DHCP or DNS Services at a WAN edge, there's very little advantage to splitting out your DNS, DC & DHCP services.


    In a home lab environment, I'd recommend building out the following environment:
    Server1:
    Domain Services
    DNS
    DHCP. Split scope 50% with Server2
    DFS Services
    File Services

    Server2:
    Domain Services
    DNS
    DHCP. Split scope 50% with Server1
    DFS Services
    File Services

    Server3:
    File Services
    Web Services, WWW, FTP

    Server4:
    WSUS

    This config will give you experience building domain services with multiple hosts and give you some level of redundancy as well. I usually leave my 2nd DC switched off and power it on once a week to synchronise. If I have a catastrophic domain corruption, I can switch #1 off and run from #2 for as long as needed.

    Running WSUS as a separate host achieves the same "switch on when needed" config.

    HTH.
     
  3. abuabdo

    abuabdo MDL Novice

    Oct 29, 2012
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    Thank Your for the advises :rolleyes:
    Will try this setups