Installing and Configuring DHCP Server in Windows Server 2008 R2

DHCP Server is a built-in service in Windows Server family. It is used to release dynamic IP to network clients, including domain members and workgroup clients. For a small network, DHCP is not important, but in a huge environment where IP management is a pain, DHCP plays an important role in network management.

DHCP Service could be found not only on Windows Servers, but also found on Routers, Linux, MacOS Server, Firewalls, or any “advanced” network devices, such as DSL Wireless Router.

This tutorial is to show you how to enable DHDP Server on Windows Server 2008 R2 using Server Manager’s Add Roles wizard.

Assign a static IP first
DHCP Server needs to have a static IP assigned to one interface. Complete this step before you could move further

Start Server Manager Console

  • Click Start Menu, type in “Server Man“, it will show you Server Manager snap-in
Starting Server Manager in Windows 2008 R2
  • Click Server Manager to start up Server Manager

Adding and configuring DHCP

  • On Server Manager, click Roles on the left pane
  • Click Add Roles link on the right pane

Add Roles in Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Select DHCP Server from the list
  • Click Next twice
  • Select the network interface that you want to bind to DHCP Service. To have the interfaces shown up in this box, your server must have a static IP assigned to it.

Adding DHCP Server - Binding an interface

    • Click Next
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