This post demonstrates a step by step approach to installing the following two roles DHCP and WDS on Windows Server 2012.
From my previous posts you would have learnt how to Install Windows Server 2012 and Install Active Directory Services. The procedure in this post could be installed on the same server or on separate member servers or on a Domain controller.
Starting from Server Manager click on Manage and select Add Roles and Features.
The Wizard opens up displaying the Before you begin informative step. This step can be skipped in future by checking the Skip page by default option.
Leave the default add role or feature based installation.
The next step displays the servers available on which you can select to install this role or feature.I only have the server I want to install this role on you can also install a role or feature on a virtual hard disk (vhd) I’ll cover that in a later post.
Select the role required in this case I selected DHCP Server.
The popup displays the dependent features required click on Add Features.
Scroll down and select the Windows Deployment Services role.
The popup displays the dependent features required for the WDS role click on Add Features.
Once all required roles are selected click next.
Any Features you may want to install can be selected. Just click on next to continue with the wizard.
The next step displays information on the roles being installed first the DHCP Server pay attention to the take note recommendations.
Then some information about WDS is displayed.
Next steps displays the specific role services relating to WDS. Make sure Deployment Server and Transport Server is selected. Selecting an option displays information on the right hand side.
On the confirmation step the roles to be installed are displayed with their corresponding features. You can select restart automatically if a restart is required. Click on install to start the installation of the roles.
The installation progress is displayed. This step you can close the Wizard during installation.
Once completed the notification flag displays some tasks that need to be completed and services that need to be configured.
Clicking on complete DHCP configuration ,the post install configuration wizard opens up and click on Next.
This step you need to enter the credentials of an account to authorize the DHCP server in Active Directory. This account must be a member of the Enterprise Admins group. I used my Domain Administrator account. Click next.
Summary is displayed and the DHCP server is all ready to be used.
You see the DHCP Server role on the left in the list.
Clicking on Tools and selecting DHCP opens the DHCP console. The Server name is displayed along with IPv4 and IPv6 option right clicking on IPv4 brings up a menu with which we can create a scope of IPv4 addresses. Select New scope.
The New Scope Wizard opens click next.
Enter a meaningful name and description.
Next you need to enter the IP Range and configure the correct length and Subnet mask
If you want to exclude any IP Addresses within the Scope Range you can define that here.
Now here you specify the lease time interval (amount of time the pc \ device will retain or get the same IP address.)You can leave the default of 8 days.
Now you have the option to configure the rest of the scope options. This can also be set at the server level. Just leave at No and click next.
Finally the Wizard has completed note that we still need to activate our scope ,click finish.
Right Click on the newly created scope and select Activate notice the red icon on the scope folder. You can also select the scope and click on the green “pointing Up” arrow on the menu bar to activate it.
The Scope has been activated and the server is ready to service devices by giving out IP addresses requested by DHCP clients. Further options can be configured such as Default gateway settings or DNS Server IP addresses.
That was how you would go about creating a DHCP server role on Server 2012 along with WDS role this post falls inline with the rest of my step by step how to guides to build an entire infrastructure. All the different Roles follow in a way to end in my specialty field of Deployment.