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Connect to a DHCP server

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To connect to a DHCP server

  1. Open DHCP.

  2. In the console tree, click DHCP.

  3. On the Action menu, click Add Server.

  4. In the Add Server dialog box, do one of the following:

    • Click This server, enter the name of the DHCP server that you want to connect to, and then click OK.

    • Click This authorized DHCP server, click the DHCP server that you want to connect to, and then click OK.


  • To open DHCP, click Start, click Settings, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click DHCP.

  • If you are operating DHCP in an Active Directory environment and are connecting to a server for the first time, you need to first authorize the new DHCP server in the directory service. For more information, see Related Topics.

  • If DHCP is installed and running on this computer, you do not need to make a manual connection using the wizard. In most cases, the local DHCP server automatically appears in the list of servers when the DHCP console starts, and you connect to the server by clicking it in the console tree.

  • Only users belonging to the following groups can connect to a DHCP server:

    • DHCP Users

    • DHCP Administrators

    • Domain Admins

    • Enterprise Admins

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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