Configuration of 2016 AD for failover

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We have 2 Windows Server 2016 servers/DCs as follows:

Server1: Physical 2016 server running AD, DHCP, and DNS.
Server 2: VM 2016 server running AD, DHCP, and DNS.

We are attempting to create a failover environment without using a failover cluster. We have setup DHCP failover from Server1 to Server2 in hot standby mode. DNS is out-of-the-box AD-integrated.

Question: is it a Microsoft best practice to hand out the IP address of server2 as a secondary DNS server in the DHCP scope options? Were server1 to fail, would this model allow for automatic failover?


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  1. Dave Patrick 426K Reputation points MVP

    Just checking if there's any progress or updates?

    --please don't forget to upvote and Accept as answer if the reply is helpful--

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