Deploying DHCP Server

Updated: November 17, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Before deploying the DHCP Server service, you must have foundational services like TCP/IP and Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) already installed and configured. You can find this deployment information in the Windows Server 2008 Foundation Network Guide:

To deploy DHCP, you must complete these steps:

  • Install DHCP

    The following choices are recommended when you install DHCP with the Add New Roles Wizard:

    • Activate the scope or scopes that you configure during installation unless you have reason not to do so. For example, if you plan to create an exclusion range for the scope so that some IP addresses are available for statically configured devices, you might not want to activate the scope until after you have created the exclusion range. After you activate a scope, it is configured to function without additional configuration after the installation process is complete. If you choose not to activate a scope during installation, however, you can activate the scope after DHCP is installed by using the DHCP Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and the Activate a DHCP Scope procedure.

    • Authorize the DHCP server in AD DS during installation unless you have reason not to do so. If you authorize the server during installation, the server is configured to function without additional configuration after the installation process is complete. If you choose not to authorize the DHCP server during installation, however, you can authorize the server after DHCP is installed by using the DHCP MMC and the Authorize a DHCP Server in AD DS procedure.

    • Do not enable Configure DHCPv6 Stateless Mode unless you plan to use Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) on your network in addition to or to replace IPv4.

  • Create an Exclusion Range of Addresses

If you chose not to perform the following actions during DHCP installation, you can perform them after DHCP is installed:

After DHCP is installed, you can add more scopes to the server configuration:

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