DHCP Database

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) service database is a dynamic database that is updated as DHCP clients are assigned or as they release their TCP/IP configuration parameters.

The DHCP server database can be backed up and restored, or migrated to another server.


The following is a list of all aspects that are part of this managed entity:

Name Description

DHCP Backup and Restore

Maintaining a backup of the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) database protects you from data loss in the event of data corruption or a hard disk failure.

There are three backup methods supported by the DHCP Server service:

  • Synchronous backups that occur automatically. The default backup interval is 60 minutes.
  • Asynchronous (manual) backups, performed by using the Backup command in the DHCP snap-in.
  • Backups using Windows Backup (Ntbackup.exe) or other backup software.

When a synchronous or asynchronous backup occurs, the entire DHCP database is saved.

DHCP Database Integrity

Database integrity refers to the ability of the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) database to function properly, maintaining an uncorrupted state.

DHCP Database Migration

Database migration allows you to migrate or convert previous versions of the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) database to the Windows Server 2008 operating system.

DHCP Infrastructure