DHCP server is a server protocol for TCP/IP network that supplies IP addresses to other computers in a network. DHCP is useful for automatic configuration of client network interfaces. When configuring the client network that has a large number of workstations or clients, the system administrator chooses DHCP to reduce the manual work that will takes time. System administrators do not need to specify the server’s IP address manually, netmask, gateway, or DNS on the client side, all this work will be done by the DHCP clients that will obtain IP information from the DHCP server. It will be very useful if an administrator wants to change the IP address a large number of systems in the future. In this article we will show how to set up a DHCP server on windows 7. This DHCP server is capable of running on all Win32 operating systems ranging from Windows 95 to Windows 8 Windows.
Setup DHCP Server on Windows 7
- Visit official website to download the software.
2. Double click dhcpwiz.exe program.
3. Welcome to the DHCP configuration wizard. Click next to proceed.
4. Select “Network interface card”. The DHCP configuration wizard lists all currently identified network interfaces on your computer. It is necessary to select one. This is going to be the interface that will be used by DHCP server. It is a good idea to choose a network interface that by itself is not getting it’s IP address from a DHCP server. This would probably cause conflicts. Click next to proceed.
5. Select supported protocols. I’m suggesting to enable HTTP (Web Server) and click next to proceed.
6. Configuring DHCP for interface. Define the pool of IP addresses and a client will get an IP addresses assigned out of this pool. If you click the Advanced button, you get access to a dialog that allows you to define the subnet mask, the gateways and the DNS and WINS servers. DHCP wizard automatically takes the appropriate defaults based on the selected network interface card.
7. Writing the INI file. The final result of the DHCP configuration wizard is an INI file. This file will contain all the configuration options. If that is all ok, then hit the “Write INI file” button and then the next button to enter the final step of the configuration.
8. INI file sucessfully written. Just please make sure that you don’t overwrite your INI file unintended. That is the reason why the “Overwrite existing file” is by default unchecked.
8. Click “Install” to proceed.
9. It is now time to start the actual DHCP server program.
10. Once the DHCP configuration has been performed and DHCP server is started, you probably want to know whether it actually works. You can use your internet browser to open the DHCP status web site: http://127.0.0.1/dhcpstatus.xml.
Now I have given you some good ideas about how to install and configure DHCP server on Windows 7. This steps may also applicable for supported Windows operating system.