The musings of an IT Consultant

Dec 1 2009   12:04AM GMT

Why would you use static addresses?



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Tags:
DHCP
IP addresses
managing address space
static addresses

Hi folks! This is going to be a bit of  a rant. Why the heck would people use static addresses in their internal network instead of DHCP for workstations that don’t need it? It’s absurd!

Most workstations should be fine with DHCP, and if they really need a static address you should try and make do with a static reservation in the DHCP scope. That way you can still centrally manage it if you need to make a change later.

It might seem like a good idea at the time going static but at the end of the day if you have a few 100 computers statically assigned, you are in for a world of hurt if you have to change them. Try and stick to centrally managing IP addresses if you have any say in the matter.

-Cheers, RP

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