Back to Basics : Install and Configure DHCP Server and Scopes

Part of the back to basics blog series created this blog to cover the installation and configuration of microsoft DHCP Server along with creating and activating scope.


DHCP Pre-requisites

Below are the pre-requisites for DHCP server installation.

  • Windows server 2016/2019 VM is created and running. This blog can help to create VM.
  • Static IP is assigned to the DHCP VM.
  • Networking equipment particularly switches are configured with DHCP relay to point the DHCP requests to above IP.

Note: Micorosft support high availability for DHCP server now. Requirements are very simple as below, but this blog don’t cover DHCP HA setup.

  • 2 servers for serving as DHCP Servers with static IP’s.
  • Networking equipment to relay the DHCP requests to above 2 IP’s.
  • DHCP scope is created as split in case each server will host part of the complete scope.

More about DHCP high availability can be found here .  detailed installation steps for DHCP HA can be found here.

Installing DHCP Role

Step 1: Login to server – Open server manager – Dashboard – Click on add roles

Step 2: click next


Step 3: click next

Step 4: review the server name and click next

Step 5: select DHCP server in roles section and its features.

Step 6: once selected its shown as below.

Step 7: next

Step 8: click next

Step 9: Click instal.

Step 10: Click on complete DHCP configuration.

Configuring DHCP Role

Step 11: Click Next

Step 12: use the credentials are provide another account details.

Step 13: click close once its completed.

Creating DHCP Scope

Step 14: open DHCP from control panel – admin tools or server manager – tools

Step 15: Click on IPV4 and new scope


Step 16: Click Next


Step 17: provide a meaningful name , better the subnet



Step 18: provide the start and end ip

Step 19: include any exclusions from previous range if not , next

Step 20: provide the lease duration – 60 or 30 days


Step 21: click Next

Step 22: provide the gateway for this subnet and click add

Step 23: review the domain and dns server details and click next

Step 24: next

Step 25: activate – click next

Step 26: click on finish

Review DHCP configuration

Step 27: now click on the scope and address pool – review the start and end ip’s.

Now having DHCP ready and network relay configured, your DHCP will work now.

Hope this post is useful.

Siva Sankar

Siva Sankar works as Solution Architect in Abu Dhabi with primary focus on SDDC, Automation,Network Virtualization, Digital Workspace, VDI, HCI and Virtualization products from VMWare, Citrix and Microsoft.

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