Authorize a DHCP Server in Active Directory Domain Services

Updated: May 28, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

You can use this procedure to authorize a DHCP server in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).

Membership in Domain Admins, or equivalent, is the minimum required to perform this procedure.

  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click DHCP. The DHCP Microsoft Management Console (MMC) opens.

  2. In DHCP, double-click the server name. For example, if the DHCP server name is, double-click

  3. In the DHCP MMC, click Action, and then click Authorize.

  4. To verify that the server was authorized in AD DS, click Action, and then click Refresh. The IPv4 icon changes from red to green. In addition, on the Action menu, the Authorize menu item is replaced by the Unauthorize menu item. You can use the Unauthorize menu item if you ever want to decommission the DHCP server.

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