DHCP Server configuration on Windows Server 2012

If you prefer not to use our WTDHCP service, then to configure DHCP server this manual for Windows Server 2012 will be useful to you. Many thanks to our user Rushmore for this work.

Let's work with simple network Router to the outside world is, at the same time it's DNS server.

DHCP server is Install on it Windows 2012 R2, add DHCP Server role. Server must have static IP address!

Terminal server is, with WTware 5.4.16 istalled, all settings are default. WTware DHCP turned off, TFTP turned on.

Login to DHCP server as administrator, run DHCP control console.

DHCP console

Add new address scope.

New scope

Let's call it LAN.

Scope name Scope range

Exclude first 15 addresses from DHCP distribution (or you can add all static addresses to reservation later).

Excluded address range

Do not change default lease duration.

Lease duration

Configure options.

Configure DHCP Options

Router (default gateway).

Router, default gateway

DNS server address and domain name (if needed).

Domain name and DNS Servers

WINS — specify, if you use this anachronism.

WINS servers

Activate scope.

Activate scope

Press Finish.

Complete new scope wizard

Address scope is ready.

Scope completed

At this stage workstations will receive addresses and basic settings from DHCP server. Now let's start configuring network boot.

Two types of clients will boot by network:

  1. x86 — BIOS
  2. x86 — UEFI 64-bit

To determine needed boot files we'll use DHCP policies. DHCP policy is the rules, that help to asign IP addreses and/or DHCP options for the clients, that match policy conditions.

DHCP server receives request from client and assigns addresses and options in this order:

  1. Scope Policies in order of priority.
  2. Scope Options
  3. Server Policies in order of priority.
  4. Server Options

DHCP policies

Each policy has it's own priority. Priorities are numbered starting from 1. Policies with less numbers have higher priority. If the same options are specified in two policies, then client will receive the option from the policy with higher priority. Policy priority can be changed in GUI: in policy context menu choose "Up" or "Down".

Policies do not apply to specified in Reservations MAC-addresses!

Policies may be applied to:

  1. Vendor Class
  2. User Class
  3. MAC-address
  4. Client PXE GUID
  5. Client domain name (12 option)
  6. DHCP Relay, that responds to client.

We are interested in Vendor Class now. To add policy you need to create needed Vendor Class.

Vendor class

Firstly let's define five classes:

  1. PXE Client x86
  2. PXE Client UEFI x64
  3. PXE Client UEFI BC
  4. WTware

Press "Add…" to add new Vendor Class.

Add new vendor class

Specify class name: PXE Client x86

Specify class ID: PXEClient:Arch:00000

Data should be either Binary (hexadecimal values), or ASCII (just enter text). Make sure you entered correctly or nothing will work.

New x86 class

Press OK, you'll see such result:

DHCP Vendor classes

In the same way add these classes:

  • Class name: PXE Client EFI BC
  • Class ID: PXEClient:Arch:00007
New EFI class

Class name: PXE Client EFI x64

Class ID: PXEClient:Arch:00009

New EFI x64 class

Class name: wtware

Class ID: wtware

New WTware class

Classes are ready. Press "Close" and proceed to adding policies, that our classes will use.

DHCP Vendors classes are ready New DHCP policy

Policy name: pxeclient-x86

Policy will determine the way of clients' boot in BIOS.

x86 policy

Add policy condition.

Add policy condition

Specify as shown on this image:

Condition value

Pay attention to "Append wildcard(*)" checkbox. It means that any Vendor Class, that starts from "PXEClient:Arch:00000", corresponds to policy condition.

Press "Add".

Add condition

Press OK.


Condition is ready, press Next.


We don't need IP reservations, so press No and Next.

Do not reserve IPs

Configure 66 option. — is address of our TFTP server, where WTware boot files are stored.

Configure 66 option

Configure 67 option.

Bootfile name: 5.4.16/wtware.pxe

For HTTP boot bootfile name: 5.4.16/wtware.http

Configure 67 option

Press Next, policy configuration is finished.

Finish policy configuration

Policy is added.

Policy added

Next policy is for UEFI x64 clients boot. Policy name: pxeclient-uefi64

UEFI x64 policy

Add first condition.

Add first policy condition

Second policy condition.

Add second policy condition

Policy condition is satisfied when Vendor Class is one these two values:

Any of two Vendor Classes


Skip IP addresses configuration as for previous policy.

Then configure options as for previous policy:

  • 66 option:
  • 67 option: 5.4.16/bootx64.efi
For HTTP boot 67 option: 5.4.16/http.efi

66, 67 options

Policy configuration is finished.

Finish policy configuration

Second policy is added.

Second policy added

Now the last policy — for WTware. It reads 66 and 67 options to determine path for packets loading. Create it the same as previous policy:

Policy name: wtware

In policy condition specify Vendor Class "wtware"

  • 66 option =
  • 67 option = 5.4.16/wtware.pxe
For HTTP boot 67 option = 5.4.16/http.efi (specify this file name or UEFI boot won't work by HTTP).

Also special WTware 18 and 179 optiona may be added here if needed.

WTware policy

Configuration is finished. All client types should boot successfully.

DHCP configuration complete

Surely, it's the most simple example. In real networks everything is more complicated.

It's important: for policies are not compatible to reservations, if you need to specify hostname (12 option) or to reserve static address for some client, add new policy with "MAC-address" condition and configure needed parameters for this MAC-address in policy options.

If you have any comments or remarks to this article, please, let us know!