Add a client reservation

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

To add a client reservation

  1. Open DHCP.

  2. In the console tree, click Reservations.


    • DHCP/applicable DHCP server/applicable superscope (if used)/applicable scope/Reservations
  3. On the Action menu, click New Reservation.

  4. In New Reservation, type the information required to complete the client reservation.

    To view a description of a dialog box item, right-click the item, and then click What's This?.

  5. To add the client reservation to the scope, click Add.

  6. Repeat the two previous steps for any other client reservations you want to add, and then click Close.


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

  • When adding a reservation, the DHCP server checks for the address you enter in the database to make sure it is not currently in use by another client.

  • Reservations are applied on the basis of the DHCP client media access control (MAC) address for the applicable network connection. To locate this address, at the client computer, type ipconfig /all at a command prompt, and view the Physical Address for the connection. Alternately, you can right-click the connection in the Network Connections folder, and select Properties to view this information.

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


View the status of a local area connection
Using client reservations
Change information for a reserved client
Configure advanced (class-based) options for a reserved client
Change the reserved IP address for a client