Today our Windows Server 2003 server is running DHCP to serve all clients with IP addresses. We have installed a new Windows Server 2012 R2. Now i want to move the DHCP from the 2003 server to the new 2012 R2 server. Can i just backup the DHCP and then restore it on the new server.

Can i do this in production?

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    Yes, you can do this... – ewwhite Dec 1 '14 at 10:07

It is possible, as outlined in this technet article.


This guide describes the steps for migrating existing DHCP server settings to a server that is running Windows Server 2012 R2. Migration documentation and tools ease the migration of server role settings and data from an existing server to a destination server that is running Windows Server 2012 R2. By using the tools that are described in this guide to migrate a DHCP server, you can simplify migration, reduce migration time, increase the accuracy of the migration process, and help eliminate possible conflicts that might otherwise occur during DHCP migration.

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