How to setup a DHCP Reservation on Windows Server 2016

DHCP Reservations are used to reserve a specific IP Address for a device by inputting it’s MAC Address

The following guide will show you how to setup a DHCP Reservation on Windows Server 2016 with step by step instructions.

Requirements: Before you can setup a DHCP Reservation you need to install a DHCP Role and create a DHCP Scope.

Use the following guides if needed
DHCP: How to install DHCP on Windows Server 2016
DHCP ScopeHow to setup a DHCP Scope on Windows Server 2016

Step 1: To setup a DHCP Reservation click “Tools” on the menu bar located in the top right then click “DHCP” on the drop down menu.

Step 2: Click the arrow pointing to the right in order to list your IPv4 and IPv6 DHCP Server.

Step 3: Left click the arrow pointing to the right next to IPv4.

Step 4: Left click the arrow pointing to the right next to the DHCP Scope that you want to set a reservation for.

Step 5: Right click “Reservations” then click “New Reservations” within the drop down menu. 

Step 6: Type in a “Reservation Name”. It is best to type in the name of the device. Next type in the IP Address you want to reserve. Next type in the MAC Address of the device (do not use separators such as spaces, hyphens, colons, etc). Next you can type a specific description of the device or perhaps where it is located. Under “Supported types” you can choose to accept DHCP and/or BOOTP requests from devices. BOOTP is legacy protocol that is similar to DHCP. Some older devices might still use BOOTP. If you have devices that only use BOOTP then its advised to stick with the selected default option “Both”. Finally, click the “Add” button to add this reservation.

Congratulations! You have setup a DHCP Reservation. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions.

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