So I was doing more reading for my next test, 70-291, and was really impressed of the power that a DHCP server can truly have. I have always understood DHCP, but now have a more thorough understanding of client/server roles, as well as APIPA. I think the thing that impressed me the most, was the ability to control settings beyond just the client IP address. For example, you can setup the router, DNS Server and much more. Those are the two I used in my mock-setup, which made it much easier. Referring to an earlier thread I had posted, my fix for the problem was configuring each client statically so I could point them to the proper DNS Server (the DC), rather than the ISP. Doing this, in combination with enabling NETBIOS over TCP/IP, I have alleviated my speed issues. I haven't tested the DHCP Server settings in the environment I had this speed issue yet, but I would imagine this would make my life MUCH easier. In the current scenario, I have to manually configure each client, and adding new machines involves more administrative overhead. Also, after learning that NETBIOS over TCP/IP really shouldn't be implemented if there aren't any "legacy" clients (I know that is pre-XP, but for this discussion I am using Pre-2K), I think I might disable it. I will be interested to see if the DHCP Server Settings will alleviate my speed problems, and hope I can ditch NETBIOS over TCP/IP. I know I babbled, and went off on tangents, but it's a habit Thoughts anyone?