DHCP: IP address conflict detection should have a value of less than 4

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

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Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012


Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)






DHCP: IP Address conflict detection should have a value of less than 4.


Conflict detection with a value greater than 3 can lead to slow performance of the DHCP server.


Set the IP address conflict detection value to 3 or less using the DHCP MMC

When conflict detection attempts are set, the DHCP server uses the ping process to test available scope IP addresses before including these addresses in DHCP lease offers to clients.

A successful ping means the IP address is in use on the network. Therefore, the DHCP server does not offer to lease the address to a client. If the ping request fails and times out, the IP address is not in use on the network. In this case, the DHCP server offers to lease the address to a client.

Each additional conflict detection attempt delays the DHCP server response by a second while waiting for the ping request to time out. This increases the load on the server.

Membership in the Administrators or DHCP Administrators group is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To change the address conflict detection value

  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools and then click DHCP.

  2. In the console tree, expand the applicable DHCP server, right click IPv4, right-click the applicable scope and then click Properties.

  3. Click Advanced, type 1, 2 or 3 in Conflict detection attempts: and then click OK.

Additional references

For updated detailed IT pro information about DHCP and selectively enabling or disabling DHCP server bindings, see the Windows Server 2008 R2 documentation on the Microsoft TechNet Web site.