danpass wrote:However, in the event that someone chooses to set a static IP address for a Windows computer locally on the device, this setting is independent of the DNS server(s) setting.
Regarding your screen shot. While it looks like the settings are independent, on my machine, once I set a static IP the DNS switches to static and the setting is grayed out.
So, my choices are: Auto IP/Auto DNS, Auto IP/Manual DNS, Manual IP/Manual DNS. There's no way to do Manual IP/Auto DNS.
Edit: A quick read suggests there is no standard for Static IP/Auto DNS. The Auto DNS is part of the information the computer receives from the DHCP when it gets an IP assignment. There doesn't seem to be a way to get the DNS without that. If you set the Static IP locally, there's no contact with the DHCP to get that information.