Export/Import DHCP server (from Win2003 to Win2008)

1)      On the Windows 2003 DHCP server

a.      Run the following command to export all scopes on current DHCP server

netsh dhcp server export C:\dhcpdatabase.dat all

b.       Copy the C:\dhcpdatabase.dat file to the new Windows 2008 server c:\dhcpdatabase.dat

2)      On the Windows 2008 Server

a.       Logon as an Administrator

c.       Install the DHCP server Role

d.      Delete the existing DHCP.mdb file

ii.      Stop the DHCP service

  1. Delete the DHCP.mdb file from its folder.

2.      Start the DHCP service ( A new DHCP database will be created).

e.       Run the following command to import the configuration.

netsh dhcp server import c:\dhcpdatabase.dat > c:\errors.txt

Check the c:\errors.txt file for possible errors if any.  Restart DHCP service.


About Robiul

Robiul has 15 years of continuous successful career experience in ICT with extensive background in System Engineering, IT infrastructure design, operations and service delivery, managing IT projects / MIS functions for local and multi-national companies with in-depth knowledge of multiple operating systems as well as construct / manage small to medium size Data Center. Proven ability to design and implement medium to semi-large scale LAN/WAN/WLAN and system infrastructures. Academic qualification: Master of Science in Information Systems. Professional certifications are: MCSE, CCNA, ITIL and FoundStone Security Professional, VCP, NetAPP, CISSP etc.
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