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Two DHCP Servers

Good Morning Experts,

I need to move DHCP off of a failing server.  I have done this before in the past without issue and have confirmed it is working correctly in testing.

My question is, can two of them run at the same time or will they assign duplicate addresses?

There are a few systems that are running processes that we are unable to turn off the other server just yet and I would like to confirm the load on the new one before cutting the service on the original.

I'd love to get this done during my working hours, which it looks like I would be able to if I can run them together, otherwise I will schedule after business hours for cutover.

The new server is 2008 R2, the old server is 2008 Standard.

Thank you,
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MAS (MVE)Technical Department HeadCommented:
If you want to keep 2 DHCP servers you have to define 2 different scopes which will not create IP conflicts. E.g below
1st server DHCP scope
2nd server DHCP scope
Exclude or reserve your Router/Firewall IP, server IPs etc.

Configure Scope

Please read this as well
Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
It seems unlikely the solution [MAS] proposes would work for you, given you have a scope in place already.  I would advise you to consider two servers with two complimentary scopes like he suggests, however.

That said, you can build, configure, and stage a new DHCP server and leave it unauthorized until you're ready to go live with it.  Maybe take the old server down as you're leaving work on Friday, and authorize the new one immediately thereafter.  Clients should register with the new server as their leases expire.  There is the possibility of duplicate addresses being handed out, but it's reasonably small and you can be on the lookout for it.
klsphotosAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much.  I unauthorized it and since I want the same scope, I will turn the other one off on Friday.  Thank you - Karen
MAS (MVE)Technical Department HeadCommented:
If you want to keep only 1 DHCP server you can uninstall the server and change the scope on existing server.

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