Feb 252008

A DHCP Server assigns IP addresses to client computers. This is very often used in enterprise networks to reduce configuration efforts. All IP addresses of all computers are stored in a database that resides on a server machine.

Installing DHCP Server is very easy in win server 2003

First you need to go to Start–>All Programs–>Administrative Tools–>Manage Your Server

Here you need to select Add or remove a role

Verify the following steps click on Next

Select Server Role as DHCP Server option click on Next

Summary selection click on Next

Installing DHCP Server in progress

Now this will prompt new scope welcome scree click next

A scope is a collection of IP addresses for computers on a subnet that use DHCP.
enter the name and description of your scope click next

Now you need to define the range of addresses that the scope will distribute across the network,the subnet mask for the IP address . Enter the appropriate details and click next.

Enter the IP address range that you want to exclude and click on next

Select lease duration how long a client can use an IP address assigned to it from this scope. It is recommended to add longer leases for a fixed network (in the office for example) and shorter leases for remote connections or laptop computers and click next

You are given a choice of whether or not you wish to configure the DHCP options for the scope now or later.You can select Yes,I want to… radion button and click next

Enter the router, or gateway, IP address click next. The client computers will then know which router to use and click next

Enter the DNS and domain name settings can be entered. The DNS server IP address will be distributed by the DHCP server and given to the client click next

If you have WINS setup then here is where to enter the IP Address of the WINS server. You can just input the server name into the appropriate box and press Resolve” to allow it to find the IP address itself click next

Now you need to activate this scope now and click next

DHCP Server new scope installation was finished and click finish

Now your server is now a DHCP server message and click finish

Configuring DHCP

Now you need to go to Start—>Administrative Tools—>DHCP

Right Click on your server click on Authorize your DHCP Server

Authorization completed now your DHCP server is up and running

DHCP servers permit you to reserve an IP address for a client. This means that the specific network client will have the same IP for as long as you wanted it to. To do this you will have to know the physical address (MAC) of each network card. Enter the reservation name, desired IP address, MAC address and description – choose whether you want to support DHCP or BOOTP and press add. The new reservation will be added to the list.

That’s it it is very easy to configure DHCP server in win server 2003 now you can configure your windows client pc to check your dhcp server is working or not.

If you want to install and configure win server 2003 domain controller with DNS setup check here

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  102 Responses to “Install and Configure DHCP Server in Win server 2003 Step By Step Guide”

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    Azad Sisodiya

  5. Dear developer
    It is very easy to install DHCP, but I don’t know how to use DHCP, so i want you to add some information to use DHCP server.
    Thank you very much.

  6. thaks your shots

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  8. hi friends i want information about dhcp server fail over concept and load balencing .any body help me

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  10. i installed window server 2003 enterprise x64 edition service pack 1, but after the installation is bringing an error message (generic host process for win32 service encountered a problem and needed to close).pls what can i do to rectify this error.

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  15. thanks alot for the information.. was needed for a CNOS assignment

  16. REally gr8 site and given the good installation details of DHCP..

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  17. Hi…….

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  18. it,s so easy format

  19. Its useful to all

  20. Very helpfull

  21. i have a dhcp server, now there r no more ips available. can anyone advice wht to do.

  22. very excelent

  23. You never covered Scope Option!!!!

  24. Its very helpful information for me , thank you

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  32. very very easy understanding for me.Thanks

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    Network engg in (Techniche consulting services)

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  36. I have configure my server 2003 standard to use dhcp but How do I make it to send Ip address to client to sharing of services

  37. I have configure my server 2003 stndard edition to use dhcp now it says I have to make it active on the installation wizard it says Yes how do i make it Active so that It can now send Ip addresses to different machine on the LAN to alow sharing of resources?

    Thank you

  38. nice its very useful for me . its my begining level of dns so its very helpful for me:}

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  41. Dear,

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  43. Thanks for uploading the installation procedure, its very much utile for installation of DHCP.

  44. fully perfect.thanks to sharing the information.


  45. I have configure my server 2003 stndard edition to use dhcp now it says I have to make it active on the installation wizard it says Yes how do i make it Active so that It can now send Ip addresses to different machine on the LAN to alow sharing of resources?

    Thank you

  46. Hi

    i want block some website from DHCP Server

  47. Dear developer you make it very easy thanks thanks thanks

  48. please tell me how to configure proxy in win 2k3

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