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Install and Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server 2019



I’m looking for complete steps to install DHCP Server on Windows server 2019?, Configure DHCP Server on Windows Server 2019?. Having a DHCP Server in your organization can really make your network management a breeze. Instead of assigning IP addresses manually on every machine in your organization, let a DHCP Server do this task that can get quite boring and unnecessarily repetitive. In this guide, we a going to install and configure a DHCP Server in the new Windows Server 2019. We hope you already have one that is up and purring.

Step 1: Server Manager

The first step is to open up “Server Manager” so that we can start the installation process. Hit your “Windows” button and type in “Server Manager” and choose the app that brings itself up. Once it is opened, proceed to step 2.

Server Manager start

Step 2: Add Roles and Features

On your “Server Manager” window, click on “Add Roles and Features“. This will bring up a pop-up window. Click “Next” on that pop-up

Add Roles and Features Dashboard

Step 3: Role Based or Feature based installation

On this page, choose the “Role Based or Feature based installation” radio option and hit “Next“.

Add Roles and Features POP Role based 1

Step 4: Choose Host

On this page, choose the server you would wish to install the DHCP Server on. On this guide, we are choosing the local server. Click “Next” after that.

Add Roles and Features POP Server selection 1

Step 5: Select Server Roles

This next page is titled “Select Server Roles” and has got a list of roles to install. As you can guess, we are going to choose “DHCP Server“. Please go ahead and choose it.

Add Roles and Features DHCP Highlighted

Step 6: Add Features

After you choose “DHCP Server” on the previous step, another pop-up window will come up titled “Add features that are required for DHCP Server?“. Simply click on “Add Features“. Click on “Next” after that.

Add Roles and Features DHCP Add Features

Step 7: DHCP Server

On the next page titled “DHCP Server” simply click on “Next“.

Add Roles and Features DHCP After Features

Step 8: Confirm Selections

The next page is titled “Confirm installation selections“. Look at the list provided and confirm that DHCP Server and others are listed. After that, click “Install“. After everything is successfully installed, click “Close” and your DHCP Server is installed. Let us proceed to do Post-deployment Configuration on the DHCP.

Add Roles and Features DHCP Confirmation
Add Roles and Features DHCP Installed Close

Step 9: Post-deployment Config

Part 1

Open Server Manager and you should now be able to see “DHCP” as one of the options on the left pane of the window. You should see a yellow-marked warning as shown in the illustration below that says “Configuration required for DHCP Server at …”, Clock on “More” link at the end of the warning sentence.

DHCP Configuration Required

Part 2

After Part 1, a new window with the title “All Server Task Details and Notifications” will come up. Below it, you will see “Post-deployment Configuration” line. Click on “Complete DHCP Configuration” at the end of that line as shown below. An installation wizard will come up. Click “Next

Complete DHCP Configuration
DCHP Post Configuration 1

Part 3

On this page of the Wizard, you are presented with three options. You can proceed with the Administrator’s credentials, an alternate user’s credentials and also AD Authorization. If your server is standalone and is not in any Active Directory Domain, then choose “Skip AD authorization” radio. If it is then you will use the credentials as recorded in your AD. After you make the decision that befits your environment, click “Commit“. Let it finish its thing and if is successful, delightfully click on “Close“.

DCHP Post Configuration 2 Authorization
DCHP Post Configuration 3 Summary

Step 10: Configuring DHCP Server

Go back to Server Manager, click on “Tools” and choose “DHCP“. This will open DHCP Configuration Window as shown below.

Open DHCP After Post Configuration
DHCP Config Manager 1

Step 11: New Scope

On the left pane of the window, click the drop-down as shown above and right-click “IPv4” then choose “New Scope“. A new scope wizard window will pop-up as shown below. Click “Next

DHCP Config Manager 2 Right click ipv4
DCHP New Scope Wizard 1

Step 12: Name your Scope

Put in a name and Description of this new scope and hit “Next

DHCP Newscope Wizard Scope Name

Step 13: Input desired IP Address range

Input your start and And IPs, Length and Subnet Mask than hit “Next

DHCP Newscope Wizard Scope IP Address Range

Step 14: Set any IPs You would wish to exclude here

If you would like to reserve some IPs in the range for maybe stuff like a printer and other equipment, you can input them at this stage.

Step 15: Lease Duration

Lease duration is the time DHCP Server will give a specific computer or client an IP before changing it or giving it another one when it logs-in again. Set yours and hit “Next“.

DHCP Newscope Wizard Scope Lease Duration

Step 16: DHCP Options

On this page, just click “Next” if you are happy with the DHCP Options as described on the page.

DHCP Newscope Wizard Scope DHCP Options

Step 17: Input the Default Gateway of the Subnet you gave

On this page, please key in the Default Gateway that the clients will be assigned during lease time. Key in and click “Add” beside it. After that, hit “Next

DHCP Newscope Wizard Scope Default Gateway

Step 18: Key in DNS and Domain Name in your environment

The DNS is very important because it will facilitate the resolution of FQDN to IP Addresses. Key then in and then hit “Next

DHCP Newscope Wizard Scope Domain Name and DNS

Step 19: WINS Server (Optional)

If you would like to use WINS Server in your environment, then input the details in this step and proceed by clicking on “Next

DHCP Newscope Wizard Scope WINS Server

Step 20: Activate Scope

On this Step, just click “Next” to activate the scope we have configured. If you would wish to activate it later, choose the second radio option.

DHCP Newscope Wizard Scope Activate Scope

Step 21: Finish Scope Configuration

We have finally finished our DHCP Server Configuration. If you have segmented your LAN/Network into VLANS, simply create other scopes as shown above for those VLANS then configure your router to get IPs from the DHCP Server accordingly

DHCP Newscope Wizard Scope Finish

Step 22: Confirm your scope is existing as configured

Open up your DHCP Configuration as in Step 11 then check out if your configs are present like below.

DHCP Config Manager New Scope Added Proof

Step 22: Configure DHCP Client on Windows

Now that DHCP Server has been configured on our Windows server, the next step is to configure DHCP Client for a Windows machine to obtain an IP Address from DHCP Server. Check below guide.

Configure Windows Client to Obtain IP from DHCP Server


It has been a wonderful journey to set up the DHCP Server plus a new scope. We are going to configure a client to receive IPs from our server in our next guide. Thank you for visiting and for reading through.

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