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IP Static VS DHCP

By atorres ·
Hi,, My Company have around 500 user (WorkStations) and it planning to move to IP Static. We already have DHCP. I would like know any documentation or comment in this matter, IP Static Vs DHCP, benefits and dificulties.

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by raymond.caldwell@verizon. In reply to IP Static VS DHCP

One of the most significant benefits of DHCP is the ability to dynamically configure workstations with IP addresses and associate a lease with the assigned IP address. DHCP uses a lease mechanism that offers an automated, reliable, and safe method for the distribution and reuse of IP addresses in internetworks with little need for administrative intervention.
No need for user configuration. Users no longer need to acquire an IP address from an administrator to properly configure TCP/IP when installing. When a workstation configured to use automatic DHCP configuration boots, it will automatically lease an IP address from a DHCP Server.
No more configuration errors.
The DHCP Server supplies all of the necessary configuration information to all of the DHCP enabled workstations and servers. Therefore, as long as the DHCP Server has the correct configuration information, none of the workstations or servers will ever be configured incorrectly. Therefore, the difficult to trace network problems that resulted from incorrectly configured workstations and servers will be a thing of the past. Very little administrative overhead.
Administrators define a pool of IP addresses that the DHCP Server will lease to the DHCP Clients. Administrators no longer need to keep track of which IP address are in use and which IP addresses are available.
No need to reconfigure workstations or servers that change subnets. Using DHCP, when a workstation changes subnets, on shutdown it will automatically release its IP address so that it can be leased by another workstation on the subnet. When it boots on its new subnet, it will lease an IP address from a DHCP Server that is appropriate for the subnet on which it is now located. There are really NO benifits with static IP address, way too much overhead and maintaining a LM Host file. It may be good for about 50 stations.

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by gutridgesj In reply to IP Static VS DHCP

Unless there is this overwhelming desire to hire more admins or stress the current ones, i would not switch to static ip at 500 users who are currently using DHCP.

once you get above 50 or so, it becomes harder to maintain static ip. especially now that users have pcs that make it easier to change the network settings.

you could however, make a case to use a split method. if there are those who use things on the internet that require static ip, then those specific users could be given static and then documented very easily.

to switch in your case, no way.

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by steve_mack In reply to IP Static VS DHCP

Trust me, You do not want to move to IP Static addresses. We have a 600+ node network and static DHCP addresses proved to be management nightmare. We have since meoved to DHCP and have been cruising along just fine since. Our users were constantly ending up in the wrong segment as they would be moved around by various people. Needless, to say, they would not be able to access any servers or the internet until their address was corrected. Also, the documentation was also a mess trying to keep itstraight. Static IP is great for smaller workgroups but is not worth considering for anything over 50 workstations plus it gets even worse if you have multiple subnets in your organization.

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