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Configure a DHCP Server for Windows Server 2008

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To install a DHCP server

  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, click Server Manager, and then acknowledge User Account Control.
  2. In Roles Summary click Add Roles, click Next, check DHCP server, and then click Next.

  1. On the Select Server Roles page, click the DHCP Server check box, and then click Next.

  1. On the Select Network Connection Bindings page you see the server’s IP address already. Just click Next.

  1. On the next window leave the IPv4 DNS Settings as they are displayed. In this case we have one DNS Server in place and one domain name. Just click Next.

  1. In the next page make sure you do not use an IPv4 WINS Server. Just click Next.

  1. On the next page click on Add… to create a new DHCP Scope.

  1. In the pop-up dialogue window you will need to define a Scope Name and select a Start and End IP for the address range. You want to include your DHCP/DNS server into this range. Define a default Subnet Mask of Leave the Gateway undefined. Choose Wireless Networks for a shorter lease time but LAN is fine too. Hit OK.

  1. On the next page verify your server’s settings and click on Next.

  1. On this page you have the option to enable an IPv6 DHCP Server. Choose Enabled. Click Next.

  1. On the next page leave the default settings and choose Next.

  1. In the Authorize a DHCP Server page, choose the local credentials for authorization. Click on Next.

  1. On the last page you can verify your new DHCP Server settings and click on Install when ready.


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More about Chris Sobeck:
A founding member of Security Mecca that believes that the best way we can support America's network infrastructure is to generate awareness. Striving to be a future IT Manager for a Fortune 500 corporation, Chris is now studying at Western Michigan University. Chris' specific areas of expertise is IT Consulting and Web Design.

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