DHCP is used to dynamically assign IP addresses to client machines. This tutorial is written to help you to install and configure DHCP on Windows Server 2016. Once you have followed this article, go ahead with creating scopes and start leasing out IP addresses (which I have documented in another article).


  1. The administrator account has a strong password.
  2. Latest updates are installed.
  3. Firewall is turned off.
  4. Static IP is configured.

Configure DHCP on Windows Server 2016

Step 1. Open Server Manager and click Add roles and features.

Windows Server Manager

Step 2. Click Next to start the Role and Feature Wizard.

Start Role and Feature wizard

Step 3. Choose Role-based or feature-based installation and click Next.

Choose Role-based or feature-based installation

Step 4. Choose the server on which you want to configure DHCP and click Next.

Choose the server on which you want to configure DHCP

Step 5. Choose DHCP from server roles. As soon as you choose DHCP, a new window appears. Click Add Features.

Add Features

Step 6. Click Next. The DHCP Server Feature is enabled.

Select DHCP Server feature

Step 7. Click Next. The .NET Frameworks that are required for the DHCP server are already pre-selected.

Add .NET Framework

Step 8. Read the explanation about the DHCP function, then click Next.

Read the explanation about the DHCP

Step 9. Click Install.

Install DHCP

Step 10. Click “Complete DHCP configuration”.

Complete DHCP configuration

Step 11. Click Next to continue with the DHCP Post-Install Wizard.

DHCP Post-Install Wizard

Step 12. Click Commit (Choose Skip AD authorization if your machine is on workgroup).

Configure Autorization

Step 13. Click Close and you are done with configuring DHCP.

DHCP configuration is finished

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