DHCP 2012 Hot Standby doesn't give new leases

Posted on 2013-09-16
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Last Modified: 2013-09-17

I am testing the 2012 DHCP failover solution for MS Server 2012.

I followed the directions numerous times. The Standby says it is good, the scope populates, and everything looks perfect. I then stop the DHCP service on my primary and the Standby display the little orange arrow on the IPv4 but never releases any IPs. The test client never gets a new lease. The old lease, when it expires, even drops from the Standby. I have no idea where to go no logging clues/errors. Ideas would be apprecitated.
In addition, I am using VMs for servers and test clients.
The same thing happens when trying the load balance as well.
Been all over the web and can't find anything on this. Every thing looks fine until I terminate services on the primary DHCP server then try to get a new lease. Clients ping the standby before primary terminates, and resolve netbios. Any ideas?
Question by:kryanC
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Rob Stone earned 1335 total points
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To confirm, the DHCP log file is not showing any attempts to request an IP?

I would sugget downloading Network Monitor v3.4, installing on a client and run a IPCONFIG /RENEW and see where it's going.

Is the DHCP failover server on the same subnet as the primary DHCP server?

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Traced it down, turns out our DHCP relay agent/device was only configured for the Primary DHCP. Used net mon to track the traffic, saw it dying on the agent, added the second ip to the relay, and now all is well. Thanks for the Net Mon took me right down the path.



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