Windows Server 2012: DHCP

Windows Server 2012: DHCP

Installing DHCP role via new Server Manager
Ensure the computer has at least one static IP address assigned before starting the role installation.
Launch the Add Role Wizard from Server Manager.
Select DHCP server role and go through the steps needed for installation.
The last page of the wizard (which comes up after the role has been installed), provides a link – “Complete DHCP configuration”. This provides some tasks that need to be performed to enable the DHCP server role to work properly after role installation.

Figure 1: The last page of Add Role Wizard after DHCP role installation

  • Launch the DHCP post-install wizard and complete the steps required.
  • Creation of DHCP security groups (DHCP Administrators and DHCP Users). For these security groups to be effective, the DHCP server service needs to be restarted. This will need to be performed separately by the administrator.

dhcp2Figure 2: DHCP Post-Install configuration wizard – Introduction Page

Authorization of DHCP server in Active Directory (only in case of a domain-joint setup). In a domain joined environment, only after the DHCP server is authorized, it will start serving the DHCP client requests. Authorization of DHCP server can only be performed by a domain user that has permissions to create objects in the Net services container in Active Directory. See how to delegate permissions to do this in active directory.

dhcp3Figure 3: DHCP Post-Install configuration wizard – Authorization Page

dhcp4Figure 4: DHCP Post-Install configuration wizard – Summary Page

In case completing of the post-install step is missed after role installation, the administrator will continue to see a notification on the action pane and also a link on the DHCP role tile on the main Server Manager page suggesting that some configuration is required. That link would go away only after completion of the post-install task.

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