How to configure DHCP on Windows Server 2016


This Guide shows you have to fully configure DHCP on Windows Server 2016, including adding a scope.

Adding the role to the server

1. In server manager, click “manage” on the top right corner of the screen, and select “add roles and features”

2. Read the “before you begin” screen, then click next. Ensure you have “role-based or feature-based installation” selected, click next.

3. Select the server you wish to install DHCP on, and click next.

4. Find DHCP on the list of server roles, and click this. A new window will appear, click “Add Features”. The window will minimise. Ensure DHCP is ticked on the roles list and click next.












5. Any features that are required for DHCP will be added automatically, so you can click next again.

6. Information about a DHCP server will appear. Read this and click next. Tick “restart the destination server automatically if required”, then click install.


7. A progress bar will appear. When this is complete, close out of the window. A notification will appear at the top right corner, click the flag and then click “Complete DHCP Configuration”.

8. Read the description that appears and click “next”, ensure “Use the following user’s credentials” is selected. Ensure the correct Administrator account is entered into this field, and click commit.


Role installation is complete.



Creating a Scope

1. Click “tools, then click DHCP”. The following screen will appear. Click *server name* > IPV4.

Click “more actions” on the right-hand side. Click “new scope”, the following wizard will appear.


2. Upon Clicking “next”, give the scope an appropriate name and description.

3. Enter the start and end IP address you wish to have for the scope. Ensure the subnet mask at the bottom is correct. Click next.

4. The next screen allows you to add any exclusions. If this is necessary, do this as the below picture demonstrates.

5. Select your desired lease duration and click next. When the below screen appears, ensure yes is selected.

6. The options mean the following:


Add the addresses of any routers on this scope.


Add the name of the domain being used, and the addresses of any DNS servers on this scope.


Add the addresses of any WINS servers on the scope.


7. Choose to either activate or deactivate the scope, and click next. Click finish upon the end of the wizard.


You have now successfully configured DHCP, with a scope of addresses to administer. 

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