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What's New in DHCP in Windows Server 2012 R2

Published: June 24, 2013

Updated: June 24, 2013

Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2



Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) in Windows Server® 2012 R2 provides new features and capabilities over previous versions. This document describes new deployment, manageability, and capabilities added to the DHCP Server role in Windows Server 2012 R2.

DHCP is an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard designed to reduce the administration burden and complexity of configuring hosts on a TCP/IP-based network, such as a private intranet. Using the DHCP Server service, the process of configuring TCP/IP on DHCP clients is automatic. For more information, see Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Overview.

New functionality in DHCP Server for Windows Server 2012 R2 includes the following.

 

Feature/functionality New or improved Description

DNS registration enhancements

New

You can use DHCP policies to configure conditions based on the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of DHCP clients, and to register workgroup computers using a guest DNS suffix.

DNS PTR registration options

New

You can enable DNS registration of address (A) and pointer (PTR) records, or just enable registration of A records.

Windows PowerShell for DHCP server

Improved

New Windows PowerShell cmdlets are available.

DHCP policies have been extended to allow users to configure conditions based on the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of clients. DHCP policies can also be configured to register DHCP clients using a specific DNS suffix, overriding the DNS suffix that is configured on the client.

Using suitable FQDN-based conditions and a DNS suffix, DHCP policies can be configured to enable full control of DNS registration for computers and devices on the network, including workgroup computers and guest devices, or clients with a specific attribute.

This feature enables you to configure a DHCP server to register only address (A) resource records of DHCP clients with the DNS server. This can be helpful when a reverse lookup zone has not been configured, causing attempts to register pointer (PTR) resource records to fail. By disabling PTR registration, DHCP servers can be prevented from repeated failed attempts to register PTR records. PTR registration can be disabled for all clients of a DHCP server, or only for clients on a specified subnet or with a specified attribute.

Previously, it was possible to disable DNS registration for a specified group of DHCP clients. However, it was necessary to disable both A and PTR registration.

New Windows PowerShell cmdlets are available in Windows Server 2012 R2. You can use these cmdlets to perform tasks such as creating DHCP security groups, setting DNS credentials, managing superscopes, and managing multicast scopes. Improvements have also been made in existing Windows PowerShell cmdlets for DHCP server to help perform tasks such as changing the mode of a failover relationship and configuring DNS settings for a DHCP policy.

 

Cmdlet name New or improved Description

Add-DhcpServerSecurityGroup

New

Adds security groups to a DHCP server.

Add-DhcpServerv4MulticastExclusionRange

New

Adds a range of addresses to exclude from a multicast scope.

Add-DhcpServerv4MulticastScope

New

Adds a multicast scope on the DHCP server.

Add-DhcpServerv4Policy

Improved

Adds a new policy either at the server level or at the scope level.

This cmdlet can now be used to specify lease duration and also add FQDN-based policies.

Get-DhcpServerDnsCredential

New

Gets an account that the DHCP Server service uses to register or deregister client records on a DNS server.

Get-DhcpServerv4DnsSetting

Improved

This cmdlet can now be used to display DNS settings of DHCP policies.

Get-DhcpServerv4MulticastExclusionRange

New

Retrieves the exclusion range for a specified multicast scope.

Get-DhcpServerv4MulticastLease

New

Retrieves multicast leases for a specified scope name.

Get-DhcpServerv4MulticastScope

New

Gets multicast scope objects.

Get-DhcpServerv4MulticastScopeStatistics

New

Gets multicast scope statistics.

Get-DhcpServerv4SuperscopeStatistics

New

Returns statistics for superscopes.

Remove-DhcpServerDnsCredential

New

Removes the credential that the DHCP Server service uses to register or deregister client records on a DNS server.

Remove-DhcpServerv4MulticastExclusionRange

New

Removes a range of addresses previously excluded from a multicast scope.

Remove-DhcpServerv4MulticastLease

New

Removes one or more multicast scope leases for a specified multicast scope or IP address.

Remove-DhcpServerv4MulticastScope

New

Removes multicast scopes.

Rename-DhcpServerv4Superscope

New

Renames a superscope.

Repair-DhcpServerv4IPRecord

New

Reconciles inconsistent lease records in the DHCP database.

Set-DhcpServerDnsCredential

New

Sets credentials that the DHCP Server service uses to register or deregister client records on a DNS server.

Set-DhcpServerv4DnsSetting

Improved

Configures how the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server service updates the DNS server with the client-related information.

Ths cmdlet can now be used to set the DNS settings of policies.

Set-DhcpServerv4Failover

Improved

Modifies the attributes of an existing failover relationship.

This cmdlet can now be used to change the mode of a failover relationship.

Set-DhcpServerv4MulticastScope

New

Modifies the properties of a multicast scope.

Set-DhcpServerv4Policy

Improved

Sets the properties of an existing policy either at the server level or at the specified scope level.

This cmdlet can now be used to set lease duration of a policy and also modify FQDN-based policies.

For more information, see DHCP Server Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell.

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