The ranting of an IT Professional

Jul 21 2009   6:01PM GMT

Windows server 2003: DHCP server rant

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

I am not sure if this has been fixed in Server 2008, maybe it has, but here is something i encountered in server 2003 that really made me mad. I was migrating a companies DHCP scope to a new server and this company had about 50 or so address reservations. So I was hoping there was a quick way to migrate this. I right clicked on reservations and noticed there was an option to export to comma delimited text file and I got all excited on the possiblity that I wouldn’t have to do this manually. THen I notice, while you can export the list there is no way that I could locate to import it.

Seriously Microsoft?!? You put in the functionality to export but not to import it back? Would it really have been so hard to input the maybe two lines of code to do this? I am curious about the rationale here of your developers, was this laziness or just plain stupidity?

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  • SAPjava74
    Well, actually the best process is to use a command line for both export & import. To import a scope use the following command: netsh dhcp server import export.txt range where export.txt is the exported DHCP config file and the range is the range(s) that you wish to import, use ALL for all ranges if more than one range exists. To export: netsh dhcp server export export.txt range
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