Posted on 2013-11-20
I have been asked to perform a test restore of our DHCP backup. When I perform the restore it fails.
The backup is coming from our domain controller, I set up DHCP on an unused server that is joined to the same domain as the DC. I installed the DHCP role, I entered the scope as 18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124 - for no other reason than to make sure there is a scope entered totally different to our actual scope.
Our DHCP backup saves in format "dhcp.bkf". I moved this onto the test DHCP server, opened DHCP right clicked on the server name and selected "restore". I select the correct folder but receive a message telling me the database was not restored correctly and to check Event Viewer. Event viewer says "The system has attempted to load or restore a file into the registry, but the specified file is not in a registry file format". I noticed when I manually run a backup of dhcp the format is DhcpCfg so I renamed it to that and tried again with no success.
Both servers are 2003. A fix was receommended that involved going to the following registry location, but this is not present in both the existing server and the newly built server??