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Recently configured the IP address of the server, then I went ahead and configured its role as a domain controller (This process also configured the DNS). Now I would like to reconfigure the IP as

Will this mess domain controller configuration and also the users created on the network (stored on the AD db)? or will this wreak the DNS in anyway?

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Your domain controller will continue to work, but will the clients still be able to find it? Is it also your DHCP server? Will it now be on a different subnet from the client PCs? (This might be OK, if your router has a properly configued DHCP proxy feature.) Lots to think about. – Skyhawk Aug 12 '10 at 4:18
Not yet using it as a DHCP server, currently I have just 2 clients on the network so I can manually configure them. – Reuben Aug 12 '10 at 4:23
You may regret that IP range choice later. is so commonly used in home routers. If you implement a remote access VPN, it could cause a lot of issues. – Jason Berg Aug 12 '10 at 4:29
what kind of issues? – Reuben Aug 12 '10 at 4:31
Let's say that your VPN user's home wireless router has an IP address of and his PC is He connects to your VPN, and... well, at best, he won't be able to authenticate against your DC; at worst, you'll have an inadvertent denial of service attack stemming from the IP address conflict. – Skyhawk Aug 12 '10 at 4:42
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Microsoft has a procedure posted here:

Down in the section titled, "To change the static IP address of a domain controller"

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what about the dns servers? as it currently shows and I had put in to point it to my router. Will I have to change it back to or can it just be left there just like that? – Reuben Aug 12 '10 at 4:26
You can have multiple DNS servers in your list. Localhost is needed for local DNS resolution, and another for failback resolution in case the local DNS server is not functioning. Change the other address to the new router address. – sysadmin1138 Aug 12 '10 at 4:50
how can I input more that 2 dns addresses? – Reuben Aug 12 '10 at 14:53
@Reuben On the TCPIPv4 setup screen, where you set the IP address, the bottom half of that screen is the Advanced button. Click it. On the Advanced TCP/IP Settings screen there is a DNS tab. You can add more than two DNS servers there. – sysadmin1138 Aug 12 '10 at 15:38
Never said this before but this is an amazing place to learn on the go! – Reuben Aug 12 '10 at 21:15

I'm pretty sure you'll be okay if you change the IP address. It's the hostname that can sometimes get you into trouble-- however, if it's the primary DNS server for your network client machines, you will at least have to configure your clients with the new DNS server address. Hopefully you either use DHCP which will distribute this change for you (once you modify the DNS setting in your DHCP config and maybe reboot the clients), or you don't have a lot of clients to manually configure.

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