How do I authorize a DHCP server in Windows 2000?

A. Any user running Windows 2000 server could install the DHCP server service causing potential problems and so Windows 2000 adds the concept of authorizing the servers with the Active Directory before they can service client requests. If the server is not authorized in the Active Directory then the DHCP service will not be started.

To Authorize a server perform the following:

  1. Logon as a member of the Enterprise Administrators group
  2. Start the DHCP MMC snap-in (Start - Programs - Administrative Tools - DHCP)
  3. Select the DHCP root, right click and select 'Browse authorized servers'
  4. A list of authorized DHCP servers will be displayed. Click Add
  5. Enter the name or IP address of the DHCP server and click OK.
  6. Click Close

The red arrow Click here to view image over the DHCP server should now change to a green one if you select refresh (it may take a few minutes).

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