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Do I have to disable DHCP on my router to create a DHCP server?

Learn how to turn off DHCP properly in order to use a DHCP server that is configured on a Windows server, and ensure that your routers are not acting as DHCP servers, from our expert Lindi Horton.

Do I have to disable DHCP on my router in order to create a DHCP server or Windows server?
There are two specific places in most router configurations to turn off DHCP. If you wish to use a DHCP server that is configured on a windows server, then you should ensure that your routers are not acting as DHCP servers. In that case you would turn off the DHCP server on the routers.

However, be sure not to turn off DHCP traffic through the router. During the DHCP discovery process, a broadcast message should be sent out. Ensure that the router is not blocking these broadcast requests and the windows server should reply with DHCP offer information.
This was first published in September 2009

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