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If I have a new DC running Windows Server 2008R2, which is obviously running DNS, is it possible to add the IP address of the new DC to all workstations as a secondary DNS server?

Currently we have one DC using the IP of, I have added another DC with the IP of

Each workstation currently has as it's primary DNS server and blank for the secondary.

Is there a group policy setting that allows me to add the secondary DNS IP to each workstation automagically?

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Why not just change it in DHCP?? – Chris S Aug 4 '11 at 17:31
@Chris has your answer. Unless there is a reason that this can't be done. – Nixphoe Aug 4 '11 at 17:43
Sadly each workstation must have a static IP address and no DHCP can be used due to a vet management system which is maintained by an external vendor. – dannymcc Aug 4 '11 at 17:53
DHCP reservations can be used to assign the same IP to a computer every time it requests one. Centralize management goodness; static IP for evil applications. – Chris S Aug 4 '11 at 18:52
@Chris do you know of any tutorials or documentation for setting that kind of thing up? I presume it works by setting the desired ip against the mac address? – dannymcc Aug 4 '11 at 19:02
up vote 6 down vote accepted

There is a Group Policy setting for DNS. I haven't used it before, but it's fully listed out with all options.

Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Network > DNS Client

From there, you can set your DNS servers and any other DNS information you want. EDIT: you can add multiple DNS IP addresses to the DNS Servers entry by putting a space between each IP address.

EDIT: This GPO setting only works for Win XP computers.

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