DHCP on Server 2011 Essentials not working

I am assisting someone who has a new installation of Windows Server 2011 Essentials.  He installed and configured the DHCP role but it is not working.  What I have observed is that if you run ipconfig /release && ipconfig /renew on a workstation (we have tried several different computers) it comes up with a 169. address.

I looked at the DHCP configuration on the server and all appears well.  It is active, it has a valid scope (I deleted the scope and recreated it as to; server IP is, and I have restarted the service.  It is set to listen on all interfaces (there are two net cards, one is disabled).  I didn't see any restrictions (by MAC address, for example) on the DHCP server.  The only other potential DHCP server on the network is the router, but we have DHCP disabled there.

If you set a workstation up with a 192.168.3.x static IP address, it can ping and otherwise access the server properly.

The server has IPv6 set up to retrieve the address from a DHCP server, but IPv6 is not configured in DHCP so no IPv6 address is received.  I mention this for thoroughness, but presume that it should not be an issue.

I have set up DHCP numerous times on Windows servers without serious issue.  It seems pretty straightforward and logical.

Our workaround is to disable DHCP on the Windows Server and enable it on the router instead.  This is not the approach we'd like to use.

What should I be looking at to fix this?
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Suliman Abu KharroubIT Consultant Commented:
RRAS can be configured as a VPN server, router or both.

In your case I think it is configured as both... thats why I asked my question.

Now check if the firewall block DHCP traffic, try to disable windows firewall on SBS server and check .... if it works, create a rule to enable DHCP ports.
Suliman Abu KharroubIT Consultant Commented:
Had you authorized the DHCP server on domain ?

right click on the server name node and click authorize server
CompProbSolvAuthor Commented:
I will doublecheck the authorization, but I believe that I confirmed that.

Another note that I should have added is that it did give out some addresses earlier.  There were about 8 addresses for RDP and a local laptop was given an address.  There are plenty left, though.
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CompProbSolvAuthor Commented:
The DHCP server was authorized.

The real issue is access to the server, not just DHCP.  That was just one symptom.

It appears that the problem only occurs when RRAS is running.  I removed NPS and I thought that the issue was resolved, but it was not.

If RRAS is running, we are unable to ping the server.  If we stop RRAS, the server pings properly.  That is, if I run ping -t  (the server address) it gets replies when RRAS is stopped, does not get replies when it is running, and the replies return when RRAS is stopped again.

What should I be looking at in RRAS?  I uninstalled and reinstalled the role with minimal configuration.
CompProbSolvAuthor Commented:
Interesting....  I un-checked Enable IP router manager in RRAS, IPv4, General.  According to Help, it "Specifies whether TCP/IP is enabled on this interface".  But.... VPNs are still working.  I would have guessed that this would stop TCP/IP traffic on the IPv4 interface.

Any insights?
Suliman Abu KharroubIT Consultant Commented:
Do you use RRAS only from VPN access or to use the server as a router ?
CompProbSolvAuthor Commented:
There is a single active network card ( in the server (I believe that is all that SBS 2011 allows).  Whether static or DHCP, workstations have as DNS and (router) as Default Gateway.

Workstations connect with normal (non-VPN) connections when local.

To answer your question, unless I am mistaken, we only use RRAS when remotely connected through the VPN and the server is not used as a router.  I provided the details above in case I am mistaken.

It appears that all is well when the IP Router is disconnected.  My two concerns are that I don't understand this, especially based on what Help said (I should get better educated on this and then it might make sense), and that I am concerned that there may be unknown issues lingering.

For now, unless I get other advice here, we will see how this runs.
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
DHCP on an SBS 2011 Essentials can be a bit tricky as it is not designed to run that role.  However if you do choose to have this server run DHCP you need to follow the official blog article's instructions:

Especially the last part about stopping the Windows Server LAN Configuration service.

CompProbSolvAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the extreme delay in responding.

I especially appreciate the link about SBS 2011.  I really do prefer DHCP and DNS on the server and a static IP address on the server.  Actually, I tend to do reservations for all of the workstations so that they have "quasi-static" IP addresses.

The Windows Server LAN Configuration service information was very instructive.  I'll make sure that it is disabled..
CompProbSolvAuthor Commented:
The client decided not to troubleshoot it further.  He just disabled RRAS and will move on with that.
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