Windows 2008 R2 DHCP Role – Split Scope – Part 1

Hello World,

I’m working a little bit more with Windows 2008 R2 lately.  So, time to time, some topics just pops up and you need to quickly catch up. That was the case with DHCP Server Role.  DHCP concepts and GUI hasn’t change dramatically since Windows 2000 operating System.

However, Windows 2008 R2 was supposed to deliver a High availability solution for DHCP server (other than the cluster technology).   This feature hasn’t come through the test and acceptance of Microsoft.  However, Microsoft has introduced a small wizard that allows you to easily configure the 80/20 slipt scope concept.

In this serie of posts (2 in total), we will show you how easy it is to setup a split scope on DHCP servers.

In my test lab, I have installed 1 Domain controller (Windows 2008 R2) and 2 member Servers (Windows 2008 R2). The member servers will be hosting the DHCP Server role.   As a first step, you need to install the DHCP Server Roles on both member servers.  I didn’t got the time to make screenshots for the setup procedure.  So, for this time, I have uploaded a quick video showing you how to setup a DHCP Server role on a windows 2008 R2.


On this video, you have noticed that there are small changes compared to the DHCP Service in Windows 2003.  Here, when you add the DHCP role, you can, during the Wizard, already create your scopes and provide initial scope options. Moreover, you have additional information to provide regarding the IPv6 DHCP configuration.

That’s it for this post. In Part 2, I will show you how to use the Split-scope wizard and what’s the end results

Some Credits

  • Video created with CamStudio (OpenSource recorder)
  • Music by Kevin McLeod

Till then

See ya

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