DHCP Server Status
Last updated: 8/25/01
Q. How can I tell if a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
Server is running/working on my network?
A. Windows 98 Resource Kit On Line, Chapter 15:
“DHCP allows you to establish a range of valid IP addresses to be used per
subnetwork [192.168.0.1, 192.168.0.2…192.168.0.254 comprise a subnetwork].
An individual IP address from the range is assigned dynamically to any DHCP
client requesting an address. DHCP also allows you to establish a lease time
that defines how long an IP address is to remain valid. Other configuration
parameters can also be assigned using DHCP, such as subnet mask, DNS and
WINS server identification, and so on.”
Windows 8X/Me: Click Start, Run, enter winipcfg, click
the More Info >> button, select the appropriate network adapter, and
see if there is anything in the DHCP Server box. Click release followed by
renew to test the DHCP server.
Windows 2000 and NT (and probably Windows XP): Start, Run,
enter cmd, and type the following in the resulting DOS window:
For additional ipconfig commands such as those used to
release and renew the IP lease. Ipconfig also works with Windows 9X/Me.
Most Routers, Windows 98SE/Me/2000 Pro Internet Connection
Sharing (ICS) have DHCP Servers.