Using the Virtual Server built-in DHCP Server

by Chris Sanders [Published on 16 Nov. 2006 / Last Updated on 16 Nov. 2006]

The Virtual Server built-in DHCP server is something not everybody knows about, and it can make your virtual server administration that much easier.

When setting up your virtual network the concern of IP address management is one you will eventually have to face. Microsoft has made this a lot easier through providing a built-in DHCP server that can be used with any virtual network you have setup. To access this virtual DHCP server you need to do the following:
  1. Open the Virtual Server administration web page
  2. Under the Virtual Networks heading select “Configure”, and then click on the network you wish to modify
  3. Click “DHCP Server” near the bottom of the window
From here you can configure any of the options you normally would on a DHCP server. After you have made your selections you can click “OK” to apply the changes to your virtual network.


Chris Sanders is the network administrator for one of the largest public school systems in the state of Kentucky. Chris's specialties include general network administration, windows server 2003, wireless networking, and security. You can view Chris' personal website at

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Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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