I've just set up an new Windows Server 2008 server who's roles are AD/DNS/DHCP. When a new machine connects to the network it doesn't pick up the dns server automatically and so cannot access the internet.

If I set the primary dns through network properties to the servers IP address it can access the internet. I don't want to have to do this every time though as some are laptops and so access other networks.

Is there something I missed while setting up the server?

1 Answer 1


Double check your DHCP scope options.

  • I've just checked it and the DNS Servers entry in Scope Options is set to Are the client machines then using this IP address (i.e. are they looking locally)? If so I assume I need to change this to the actual IP address?
    – ADringer
    Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 9:11
  • @ADringer Correct!
    – Dan
    Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 9:16

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