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How to Search a Specific DHCP Server Using Network Discovery

Updated: April 1, 2009

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

Network Discovery in Configuration Manager 2007 can be set to use a specific DHCP server or set of servers to discover DHCP clients during a discovery run. You can set it to always use the site server's DHCP server, and additional domains can be added or deleted on an ad hoc basis.

If the server that is running Network Discovery is using a static IP address instead of leasing one from a DHCP server, Network Discovery will not communicate with any DHCP servers unless you specify them on the DHCP tab of the Network Discovery Properties dialog box.

For more information on the limitations of using DHCP servers for Network Discovery, see About DHCP Servers and Network Discovery.

noteNote
You must have Modify permission for the Site Security object class to configure this discovery method. For more information about security permissions, see Classes and Instances for Object Security in Configuration Manager.

To add a DHCP server for searching by Network Discovery

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System CenterConfiguration Manager / Site Database / Site Management /<site name>/ Site Settings / Discovery Methods.

  2. Right-click Network Discovery, and then click Properties.

  3. On the DHCP tab, click the New icon

  4. In the New DHCP Server dialog box, type the IP address or resolvable name of the DHCP server.

  5. Click OK.

  6. To use the site server's DHCP server for discovery, select this check box on the DHCP tab.

  7. Click OK.

To delete a DHCP server from the Network Discovery search

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System CenterConfiguration Manager / Site Database / Site Management /<site name>/ Site Settings / Discovery Methods.

  2. Right-click Network Discovery, and then click Properties.

  3. On the DHCP tab, select the DHCP server to delete from the displayed list.

  4. Click the Delete icon.

  5. To remove the site server's DHCP server from the Network Discovery search, select this check box on the DHCP tab.

  6. Click OK.

See Also

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
To contact the documentation team, email SMSdocs@microsoft.com.
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