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Windows DHCP Server Documentation & Reporting Tool

Document server configuration (IPv4 and IPv6), classes, scopes, reservations and exclusions.
A Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server provides the dynamic distribution of IP addressing and configuration information to clients. Normally the DHCP server provides the client with at least this basic information of IP Address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway.

All of XIA Configuration Server's features are supported when documenting DHCP server settings, including version control, production of professional documentation, reporting, PowerShell support, change tracking and XML output.

DHCP Server Documentation Example

View an example Windows DHCP document generated by XIA Configuration Server:

DHCP Server Report
DHCP server documentation sample PDF output (click to open)

Information documented by XIA Configuration Server

Find out more about the DHCP server information documented by XIA Configuration Server below:

DHCP server tree view screenshot

Supported Platforms

XIA Configuration Server documents DHCP settings on the following versions of Windows:

  • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2
  • Windows 2000 Server

DHCP Server Configuration

XIA Configuration Server audits the following general DHCP server information:

  • Audit Enabled
  • Audit Log Directory
  • IPv4 Bindings
  • IPv6 Bindings
  • Conflict Detection Attempts
  • Database Directory
  • Backup Directory
  • DDNS Credentials
  • NAP Unavailable Action
  • Superscopes
  • Server Options
  • User and Vendor Classes
  • NAP Quarantine Enabled (Windows 2008 and above)
Screenshot showing general information about the DHCP server in a document generated by XIA Configuration
Screenshot showing general information about the DHCP server in a document generated by XIA Configuration

IPv4 Scopes

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol version 4 (DHCPv4) allows for the automatic configuration of client systems on an Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) network. Windows Server 2008 and above also has the ability to provide IPv6 addresses through DHCP.

XIA Configuration Server documents the following IPv4 scopes information:

  • Name and Description
  • Exclusions
  • Reservations
  • Lease Duration
  • BOOTP Lease Duration
  • Start Address
  • End Address
  • Subnet Mask
  • State
  • DDNS Settings
  • Leases
  • Scope Options

Reservations

Reservations provide a permanent address lease assignment by the DHCP server. Reservations ensure that a specified hardware device on the subnet can always use the same IP address.

XIA Configuration Server provides the following information about reservations:

  • Name
  • IP Address
  • MAC address
  • DDNS Settings
  • Reservation Options (effective options)
Screenshot showing reservation details in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot showing reservation details in the XIA Configuration web interface

IPv6 Scopes

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol version 6 (DHCPv6) provides IPv6 hosts with IP addresses, IP prefixes and/or other configuration required to operate on an IPv6 network. Windows Server 2008 and above provides DHCPv6 support.

XIA Configuration Server documents the following IPv6 scopes information:

  • Name and Description
  • Address
  • State
  • Preference
  • DDNS Settings
  • Exclusions
  • Reservations
  • Scope Options

Track DHCP Server Configuration Changes

XIA Configuration Server tracks changes made to DHCP servers and can compare configuration changes between servers or against previous versions.  This functionality can be used to expose discrepancies or check server configuration against a "golden build".

In the screenshot below a DHCP server has been reconfigured at the server option level:

  • The 003 Router option has been added
  • The 006 DNS Servers option has been changed with a new DNS server IP address
Compare items screenshot
XIA Configuration Server screenshot showing DHCP server changes

Find out more about the change tracking feature >.

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