DHCP Documentation Tool

Automated documentation software to help you keep track of your DHCP configuration

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Use our DHCP documentation tool XIA Configuration to automatically document the configuration of your Windows DHCP servers.

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XIA Configuration has a non-intrusive architecture with agentless data collection.

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DHCP Server Documentation Example

View an example DHCP server document generated by XIA Configuration:

DHCP server documentation example generated by XIA Configuration
DHCP server documentation example generated by XIA Configuration
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Information documented by XIA Configuration

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

Screenshot showing the navigation tree and DHCP server information in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot showing the navigation tree and DHCP server information in the XIA Configuration web interface

Supported Platforms

XIA Configuration supports documenting DHCP configuration on the following versions of Microsoft Windows:

  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2
  • Windows 2000 Server

DHCP Server Configuration

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.

Audit 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 DHCP server information in a document generated by XIA Configuration
Screenshot showing general DHCP server information 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.

Document the following IPv4 scopes information:

  • Name and Description
  • Exclusions
  • Lease Duration
  • BOOTP Lease Duration
  • Start Address
  • End Address
  • Subnet Mask
  • State
  • DDNS Settings
  • Scope Options
Screenshot showing DHCP IPv4 scope settings in a document generated by XIA Configuration
Screenshot showing DHCP IPv4 scope settings in a document generated by XIA Configuration

Address Pools

This section includes information on address pool configuration such as:

  • Start Address
  • End Address
  • Description
Screenshot showing address pool settings in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot showing address pool settings in the XIA Configuration web interface

Leases

This section includes information on lease configuration such as:

  • IP Address
  • Name
  • Lease Expiration
  • MAC Address
  • Description
Screenshot showing leases in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot showing leases in the XIA Configuration web interface

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 provides the following information about reservations:

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

Predefined Options

This section includes information on predefined options such as:

  • Option
  • Description
  • Vendor Name
  • Values
Screenshot showing predefined options in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot showing predefined options in the XIA Configuration web interface

Server Options

This section includes information on server options such as:

  • Option
  • Configuration Source
  • Name
  • Vendor Name
  • Values
Screenshot showing server options in a document generated by XIA Configuration
Screenshot showing server options in a document generated by XIA Configuration

User and Vendor Classes

This section includes information on user and vendor classes such as:

  • Name
  • Description
  • Class Type
Screenshot showing user and vendor classes in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot showing user and vendor classes 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.

Document the following IPv6 scopes information:

  • Name and Description
  • Address
  • State
  • Preference
  • DDNS Settings
  • Exclusions
  • Reservations
  • Scope Options
Screenshot showing IPv6 scope settings in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot showing IPv6 scope settings in the XIA Configuration web interface

Reporting

In addition to generating full DHCP server documentation, you can run reports across multiple DHCP servers within an environment to check compliance and help both IT and business users get the information they need.

The reports are web-accessible and include filtering, sorting and exporting to CSV and PDF.

Learn more Screenshot showing the DHCP servers overview report in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot showing the DHCP servers overview report in the XIA Configuration web interface

Track Changes & Compare DHCP Servers

XIA Configuration 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
Screenshot showing DHCP server changes in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot showing DHCP server changes in the XIA Configuration web interface

Find out more about the change tracking feature >

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