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DHCP Server

When you deploy Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers on your network, you can automatically provide client computers and other TCP/IP-based network devices with valid IP addresses. You can also provide the additional configuration parameters these clients and devices need, called DHCP options, that allow them to connect to other network resources, such as DNS servers, WINS servers, and routers.

Looking for DHCP content about Windows Server 2003? See DHCP on the Networking TechCenter.

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DHCP Server in the Windows Server 2008 Technical Library


  • DHCP Design Guide

    Learn about upgrading your existing DHCP servers, where to locate your servers, how to optimize DHCP server performance, how to design for multiple subnets, and how many DHCP servers you'll need.

  • DHCP Server Migration Guide

    This guide describes the steps for migrating existing DHCP server settings to a server that is running Windows Server 2008 R2.

  • DHCP Deployment Guide

    Learn about how to install DHCP on your servers, how to migrate existing servers, how to configure DHCP clients, how to integrate DHCP with other services on the network, how to define and deploy scopes, and how to deploy DHCP over multiple subnets.


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