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Checklist: Installing a MADCAP server

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Checklist: Installing a MADCAP server

Step Reference

Review Multicast Address Dynamic Client Allocation Protocol (MADCAP) concepts such as IP multicasting and multicast address allocation.

Multicast address allocation; Understanding Multicasting

Determine the multicast IP address range or ranges for use in your MADCAP server configuration. The ranges you select depend on whether you need to use administrative local scoping or global scoping practices to provide multicast address allocation service on your network.

Using multicast scopes

Manually configure TCP/IP properties for the DHCP (MADCAP) server computer.

Configure TCP/IP for static addressing

To install a MADCAP server, install the DHCP service.


  • The DHCP service can be used to deploy MADCAP servers independently of how DHCP servers are used on your network. For example, to install Windows Server 2003 DHCP for MADCAP service only:

    1. Create multicast scopes.

    2. Do not create other scopes or superscopes.

    Only where other scopes or superscopes are configured, does the server computer also function as a DHCP server.

Install a DHCP server

Open the DHCP console.

Open the DHCP console

Authorize the DHCP (MADCAP) server in Active Directory.

Authorize a DHCP server in Active Directory

(Optional) If the DHCP (MADCAP) server is multihomed, you can disable service bindings for any connection not to be used to listen and provide service to DHCP (MADCAP) clients.

Selectively set DHCP server bindings for network connections; Multihomed DHCP servers

Create a multicast scope.

Create a multicast scope

If necessary, you can additionally manage multicast IP address allocation by creating and removing scopes, or by modifying multicast scope properties, such as scope TTL and lifetime settings as needed.

Manage Multicast Scopes

(Optional) For additional fault tolerance, you can implement DHCP clustering support using a server cluster.


  • DHCP clustering servers are implemented using the Clustering service, which is provided only with Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition.

Cluster support for DHCP servers