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How To Setup A DHCP Server In Windows Server 2008

What is DHCP? An IP address is dynamically assigned from a server that contains a pool of addresses. The server leases the computer one of the available addresses for a specified amount of time. Once the specified time has expired, the computer renews the lease or requests a new IP address.

in order to install the DHCP service, you will need a Windows Server 2008 system already installed and configured with a static IP address. You will need to know your network’s IP address range, the range of IP addresses you will want to hand out to your clients on the network, the IP address of your DNS servers, and your default gateway you are using for your network.

To install the DHCP Server role do the following

  • Launch server manager by clicking on Start then click Administrative Tools and then click Server Manager
  • Click Add Roles as illustrated in the diagram below.

server manager

  • In the before you begin window click Next
  • In the select server roles window place a checkmark in DHCP Server and then click Next as illustrated in the diagram below.

adding the dhcp service

  • Read the information in the introduction to DHCP Server window and then click Next
  • In the network connections binding window select what interface you want to provide DHCP services on and then click Next
  • In the next window enter your domain name and DNS information and then click Next as illustrated in the diagram below.

domain name and dns info

  • In the next window you will be asked if you would like to specify a Wins Server, I selected WINS is not required for applications on this network. When finished with your choices click Next
  • In the next window you will be asked to add a scope. Click on Add to add a scope and then fill in the rest of the information as illustrated in the diagram below. When finished click Next

add a scope

  • In the next window select Disable DHCPv6 stateless mode for this server and then click Next
  • In the next window select your preference of authorization. I selected Use current credentials. When finished click next
  • Confirm your settings and then click Next

Congratulations, you now have a DHCP Server running on your network.