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DHCP Server

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a client-server technology that allows DHCP servers to assign, or lease, IP addresses to computers and other devices that are enabled as DHCP clients.

When you deploy DHCP servers on your network, you can automatically provide client computers and other TCP/IPv4 and IPv6 based network devices with valid IP addresses. You can also provide the additional configuration parameters these clients and devices need, called , which allow them to connect to other network resources, such as DNS servers, WINS servers, and routers.

DHCP Design Guide

The DHCP Design Guide provides information about upgrading your existing DHCP servers, where to locate your servers, how to optimize DHCP server performance, how to design for multiple subnets, and how many DHCP servers you'll need.

DHCP Deployment Guide

The DHCP Deployment Guide provides information about how to install DHCP on your servers, how to migrate existing servers, how to configure DHCP clients, how to integrate DHCP with other services on the network, how to define and deploy scopes, and how to deploy DHCP over multiple subnets. Finally, the DHCP Deployment Guide will help you test and validate your DHCP implementation.

DHCP Operations Guide

The DHCP Server Operations Guide provides information about administering and monitoring DHCP on your network.

The DHCP Microsoft Operations Manager management pack is available free of charge from the Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Catalog. (

The DHCP System Center Operations Manager 2007 management pack is available from the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Catalog. (

DHCP Troubleshooting

DHCP Infrastructure provides prescriptive troubleshooting steps for DHCP errors and events.

DHCP Technical Reference

The DHCP Technical Reference provides in-depth information about how DHCP works and the tools and settings you can use with the technology.