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Reserve an IP Address on a Windows DHCP Server

Objective: The objective of this SOP is to provide a step-by-step guide on how to reserve an IP address on a Windows DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server. Reserving an IP address ensures that a specific device always receives the same IP address from the DHCP server, which can be useful for devices that require consistent network configurations.

Scope: This SOP is applicable to Windows DHCP servers running on Windows Server operating systems, such as Windows Server 2012, 2016, or 2019.


  • Access to a Windows DHCP server

  • Sufficient privileges to modify DHCP server settings

  • Knowledge of the device's MAC address for which the IP address needs to be reserved


1. Log in to the Windows DHCP server with administrative credentials.

2. Launch the DHCP management console. You can access it through the "Server

Manager" or by searching for "dhcpmgmt.msc" in the Start menu.

3. Expand the server node in the DHCP management console, and then expand the "IPv4" or "IPv6" node, depending on the IP protocol you are using.

4. Locate and select the appropriate scope under which you want to reserve the IP address.

5. In the right-hand pane, you will see a list of scope options. Right-click on "Reservations" and select "New Reservation" from the context menu.

6. The "New Reservation" window will appear. Enter the following information:

  • Reservation Name: Provide a descriptive name for the reservation.

  • IP Address: Enter the IP address you want to reserve for the device.

  • MAC Address: Enter the MAC address of the device for which the IP address is being reserved.

  • Description (optional): Add any additional notes or information about the reservation.

7. Click the "Add" button to create the reservation.

8. Close the "New Reservation" window.

9. Verify that the reservation has been successfully created by locating it under the "Reservations" folder in the DHCP management console.

10. Restart the device for which the IP address is being reserved, or release and renew the IP

address on that device to obtain the reserved IP address.


  • It is crucial to ensure that the IP address being reserved is within the IP range of the DHCP scope. Otherwise, conflicts may occur.

  • MAC addresses are unique identifiers assigned to network interfaces. Ensure that the MAC address entered is accurate to avoid assigning the reserved IP address to a different device.

Conclusion: By following this SOP, you will be able to reserve an IP address on a Windows DHCP server. This will ensure that the specified device always receives the same IP address when connecting to the


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