How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

It is a DHCP server configuration step by step guide. on Windows server 2012 R2. These Steps are Similar for Windows Server 2008, Windows 2012 and Windows Server 2016

Prerequisites

  1. To Configure the DHCP server, we Should have a Static IP address assigned.
  2. The firewall of the Server Should be off.

Let’s Configure DHCP Server Open Server Manager from the taskbar or from Start > Server Manager and click Add roles and features

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Then it loads “Add Role Wizard”, Click on next

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

In the next window select “Role-based or feature-based installation” default selection and click on next

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Select a destination server on which you want to install the DHCP server. In our case, there is only one server which is a local server and it is selected by default. Click Next

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

In the next option select the “DHCP Server” and click on next

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Then it will prompt a window to inform about the additional features that DHCP role required. Click on “Add features” to continue.

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Click Next

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

In the next window, it gives the option to select any additional feature, click on next to continue

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Note the things that are outlined in the screen and click Next

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Confirm your installation selections and wait till the installation is completed

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Click Close to finish the installation

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Open Server Manager and click notifications icon.  A small window will appear. Click Complete DHCP configuration and Click on Next

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

In this option, you can Choose AD authorization or Skip AD authorization since we have AD configured so I am using AD authorization but if you don’t have an AD environment, you can select Skip AD authorization and click Commit

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Read the summary and click Close

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Open Server Manager and click on Tools. When a small window appears, scroll to DHCP and click it

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

In the management console, right-click on IPv4 and scroll to New Scope and click it

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Click Next

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Provide name and meaningful description of this new scope and click Next

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Provide IP address range along with subnet you need to distribute to client machines and click Next

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Provide any IP addresses you need to exclude from the pool and click Add. I have excluded a first IP address which is statically assigned to my DHCP server. Click Next

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Keep lease duration as 8 days and click Next

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Choose Yes, I will configure these options Now and click Next .you can also select No, I will configure these options later and configure the setting later

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Now enter your Default gateway and Click on Next.

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

After that enter Parent Domain name and DNS Server IP Address then Click on Next

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Now enter IP Address or Server name of WINS server and click on Next

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Now you can select whether do you want to Activate the scope now or later.we are activating the scope in this tutorial.

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

Click on Finish to complete the configuration

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

After Clicking on the finish, you will get the DHCP Management Console.

How to Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server

So we have Configured DHCP server in windows 2012 Successfully.