Backup and restore DHCP in Win 2008 Server

Posted on 2011-03-23
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How to backup and restore DHCP in Win 2008 R2 server, using the Windows native tools ?
Also, please advise on how to automate the DHCP backup on a daily basis using windows scheduler?

My requirements:

I have two windows 2008 R2 servers in the same subnet and have installed DHCP services on both servers. But, I have configured and authorised DHCP scopes only for DHCP01 ( ) and also enabled IP helper address to point to the server. Now, when the DHCP01 fails, I need to bring the DHCP02 as the DHCP server by importing the DHCP backup file. Thanks in advance.

DHCP01 - ( Active Server )
DHCP02- ( Secondary server )
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It would make more sense to have both servers active rather than to have to manually faff about when one fails
see http://www.networkcomputing.com/1119/1119ws2.html

If you realy want to do it your way then see http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/dhcp2/how-can-i-move-a-dhcp-database-from-one-server-to-another-.aspx
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Expert Comment

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... DHCP is backed up automaticially every hour (by default) to 60 minutes to the %SystemRoot%\System32\Dhcp\Backup\Jet folder

Author Comment

ID: 35233683
Windows 2008 DHCP backup and restore using GUI - Manual method


Windows 2008 DHCP backup and restore using command line - Manual method

For restoring we don’t need to overwrite the backup folder on server B,
We can use any other local path for copying the Back Up taken from server A and then use command
Netsh dhcp server restore <Path of copied folder> on server B
And then start the DHCP server service.
Back Up can be taken even without stopping the service i.e. when service is in running state.
For that you can also use command if don’t want to depend upon periodic backup taken by DHCP server service:-
Netsh dhcp server backup <Any Local Folder Path>

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ID: 35233704
In Windows Server 2008, backup of DHCP database and settings has gotten simpler. You may want to backup your DHCP server from time to time to prepare for disaster recovery scenarios or when migrating DHCP server role to a new hardware.
Backup DHCP Server

1. Open Server Manager > DHCP role
2. Right click server name, choose Backup..
3. Choose a location for backup, click OK

Restore DHCP Server

4. Open Server Manager > DHCP role
5. Right Click server name, choose Restore
6. Choose the location of the backup, click OK
7. Restart the DHCP Service


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ID: 35233721
DHCP Server migration made easy with Win 2008 server


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More about Win 2008 DHCP backup and restore


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More about exporting and importing DHCP database in 2003 & 2008


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How to move a DHCP database from 2003 server to 2008?

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