Start or stop a DHCP server

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

To start or stop a DHCP server

  1. Open DHCP.

  2. In the console tree, click the applicable DHCP server.


    • DHCP/applicable DHCP server
  3. On the Action menu, point to All Tasks and then click one of the following:

    • To start the service, click Start.

    • To stop the service, click Stop.

    • To interrupt the service, click Pause.

    • To stop and then automatically restart the service, click Restart.


  • To open DHCP, click Start, click Settings, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click DHCP.

  • After you pause or stop the server, the Resume option appears and can be clicked to immediately resume service.

  • You can also perform these tasks at a command prompt by using the following commands:

    • net start dhcpserver

    • net stop dhcpserver

    • net pause dhcpserver

    • net continue dhcpserver

  • You can also perform these tasks at the netsh> command prompt or in a script using the Netsh commands for DHCP. For more information, see Related Topics.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Install a DHCP server
Open the DHCP console
Net services commands
Netsh commands for DHCP
Netsh DHCP example
Enter a netsh context