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Configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs on Windows Server 2012

In order to take advantage of the full capabilities of LAN segmentation (VLAN), you need to properly configure a DHCP server with different scopes (multiscope setup). Windows Server offers a simple solution to the problem and we are going to see how to perform the operation.

The first step is to install the DHCP server role:

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

Then open the DHCP management panel:

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

Right-click on IPv4 and select New Scope, a Wizard will start:

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

Click Next:

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

Give a name to the scope:

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

Specify the range of IP addresses that will be assigned by the scope. Note, we are configuring a scope for the VLAN 10 (IP range 192.168.1.xyz):

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

You can add exclusions to the range of IPs:

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

Default lease duration settings are fine:

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

Choose Yes:

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

Add the gateway IP address of the VLAN (important to identify the VLAN):

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

Specify the DNS servers:

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

You don’t need to specify a WINS server:

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

Choose Yes:

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

You’re ready to go!

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

The scope will appear in the panel.

How to configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs

Of course you need to repeat the operation for every VLAN you want to manage through DHCP.

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