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By Bob Willson ·

Interested in your thoughts on the top 10 (less, or more) issues with MS DNS,DHCP and MMC (including its management of IP Add features)

I'm a school teacher in New Zealand who's just been given the temp task to teach a Microsoft course covering a module that I'm not strong at, i.e. DNS, DHCP and the Microsoft Management Console (MMC). Most of the students will likely be technically savvy and most prefer Unix/Linux/BIND. Looking to get up to speed and cover as much of the bases as I can on the subject from people who actually use these product on a day by day basis.

Appreciate your help.


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Profile: "No biography. How mysterious."

by CharlieSpencer In reply to MS DNS, DHCP and MMC

That's the same profile a rather offensive poster was using last week, someone who changed his name every ten minutes.

There's always the chance that the phrase is the new default profile and that you're seriously interested in discussing these topics. If that's the case, how about opening up with your opinions first? You'll get more responses if you express your thoughts before asking for those of others.

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Yes, that is the new default "blank" profile.

by seanferd In reply to Profile: "No biograp ...

Since they did the site change, it has been there.

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I'm not sure what sort of "issues" you are looking for.

by seanferd In reply to MS DNS, DHCP and MMC

So, if you have something to prod us in the right direction, do post your thoughts.

Here's one: Only a course on MS tech would link these three things.
Of course, only MS has the MMC...

I would rather imagine that anyone with a fair grasp of DNS and DHCP wouldn't have a difficulty with the MS variety as long as they can refer to reference material and documentation available with the OS, at the MS site, and all over the internet. I have seen it, however, especially from MS-only techs, even when they are switching, e.g., from Win2k3 to 2k8, because something changed a little. The MMC is mostly self-explanatory. It just exposes settings in a centralized way. If someone can't find the snap-ins related to DNS and DHCP in the console tree, I don't know what to tell you.

If you aren't focusing on only one server version, you may want to cover the differences between whichever versions you are covering. This would be mostly in terms of moved or changed settings.

Would you need to cover the pros and cons of using DNS over WINS (or netbios) in a LAN? Or how to switch an existing network from another name resolution option to DNS?

Have a look here for ideas as well, perhaps:
It covers a lot of the same ground that you will.

Does this give you anything at all with which to ask more focused questions? I'm just throwing stuff out randomly here. Maybe something will help.

Here are some relevant TR articles. You can search for more under the Blogs category. Or other places on the internet. People devote entire blogs to Windows Server.

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What a load of bollocks

by j-mart In reply to MS DNS, DHCP and MMC

What wondrous New Zealand High School is this which teaches Microsoft engineering courses. The standard NCEA curriculum that was taught to my children, in recent years, for the computing syllabus, as regards to networks would not have been any more complex than logging on to the school network, even where to plug the cable would have been far too advanced. Using big words such as MS, DNS, DHCP and MMC, totally impossible even in jest.

Of course if you are a student at a Technical Institute, you may have been given an assignment to go off and find out about these things, but with the weekend coming up you would rather go off and party and are looking for a short cut. Another alternative is you can't get your head around basic networking technology, if that's the case your only wasting your course fees and student loan and would be better off with an alternative career choice.

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