Setting Static IPs of Clients in a Windows Domain
Visited a new client a couple days ago with a Windows domain setup with about 15 workstations. They want to be able to remote desktop to all 15 workstations so their IT guy (who admittedly says he isn't an IT guy and has no idea what he's doing) setup each workstation with a static IP using the TCP/IP settings on each workstation. The reason they sought an IT guy is because they are having really poor network performance - mostly noticed when surfing the web. My instinct tells me that assigning static IPs in the manner he did is a horrible idea and that they should all be setup to "Obtain automatically" from the DHCP server (in this case the DC). Then in the DHCP server settings each workstation should be setup with a reservation tied to each NIC's MAC address.
Am I correct? Anybody think that his setup could be causing the network issues which are related to DNS lookup issues?
Sidenote: They have an Untangled box operating as a firewall which is port forwarding to each workstation.
Thanks in advance!