Move DHCP server to an older OS

Mark Ankney 21 Reputation points

Hi, we have need to move our DHCP role from a 2019 server to an older 2016 server. How can I bring over all settings, scopes, options and leases to the new DHCP server. I don't think backup and restore will work because the version of operating systems are newer. Is this possible? I would appreciate any help.


Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019
A Microsoft server operating system that supports enterprise-level management updated to data storage.
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Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016
A Microsoft server operating system that supports enterprise-level management updated to data storage.
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Windows DHCP
Windows DHCP
Windows: A family of Microsoft operating systems that run across personal computers, tablets, laptops, phones, internet of things devices, self-contained mixed reality headsets, large collaboration screens, and other devices.DHCP: Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). A communications protocol that lets network administrators manage centrally and automate the assignment of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses in an organization's network.
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  1. Mark Ankney 21 Reputation points

    Thanks for the reply, so that will work even with different versions of DHCP because of the different operating systems?

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  2. Dave Patrick 426K Reputation points MVP

    Shouldn't be a problem. The XML will be universally acceptable.

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  3. Candy Luo 12,656 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi ,

    The following article talking about how to Migrate DHCP Server step by step, you could have a look:

    How to Migrate DHCP Server to Windows Server 2016/2019?

    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

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