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    Need help with this software upgrade

    I currently have a lan network of 7 computers connected together through 2 routers (one is wireless). One of these computers is the "server" that hosts this one customer database program which other computers can access. I am in the process of upgrading this program.

    While I am completing out the upgrade form, it is asking 2 questions I am uncertain as to how to answer, could someone tell me how to find them out?

    Question 1: "Is there a DHCP Server on the Network? If yes, what is the IP Scope (range between two numbers I take it"

    Question 2: "Is there a DNS Server on the Network? If yes, what is the IP Address?"

    Thanks for the help with this!

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    Chances are, if you don't know what they are the answer is no

    DHCP - Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

    A DHCP server is at its most basic a netwrok manager. It detects network MAC addresses and assigns an IP address. It means that A) You know who has what IP address B) Users can 'plug-in-and-play' network-wise. They are useful, if you dont have one then do some reading up on them and consider getting one. (some routers are capable (or even are required to be) a DHCP server).

    DNS - Domain Name System

    This is a server on your network that controls the transalation of domains and sub-domains to certain ip addresses. The biggest network that uses it, of course, is the internet.

    If you don't have one, you may not need one. Windows network have their own set of resolution methods which work well in a small network (I think WINS is one, not sure)

    Hope that helps.
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