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The following paragraphs describe how to work with a DHCP server in Windows Server 2012. The exact steps to follow when you configure and manage a DHCP server depend on the network operating system or router you’re using. The procedures for other operating systems are similar.

If you haven’t already installed the DHCP server on the server, install it using the Server Manager (click Server Manager on the taskbar). Once the DHCP server role is installed, you can manage it by opening the DHCP management console. To open this console, open System Manager and choose Tools→DHCP.


To get started with a DHCP server, you must create at least one scope. You can create a scope by using the New Scope Wizard, which you start by selecting the server you want to create the scope on and then clicking New Scope. The wizard asks for the essential information required to define the scope, including the scope’s name, its starting and ending IP addresses, and the subnet mask.

You can also specify any IP addresses you want to exclude from the scope, the lease duration (the default is eight days), the IP address of your gateway router, the domain name for your network, and the IP addresses for the DNS servers you want the client computers to use.

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