DhcpRequestParams function

The DhcpRequestParams function enables callers to synchronously, or synchronously and persistently obtain DHCP data from a DHCP server.


DWORD DhcpRequestParams(
  IN DWORD                     Flags,
  IN LPVOID                    Reserved,
  LPWSTR                       AdapterName,
  LPBYTE                       Buffer,
  LPDWORD                      pSize,
  LPWSTR                       RequestIdStr



Flags that specify the data being requested. This parameter is optional. The following possible values are supported and are not mutually exclusive:

Value Meaning
The request is persisted but no options are fetched.
Options will be fetched from the server.


Reserved for future use. Must be set to NULL.


Name of the adapter on which requested data is being made. Must be under 256 characters.


Class identifier (ID) that should be used if DHCP INFORM messages are being transmitted onto the network. This parameter is optional.


Optional data to be requested, in addition to the data requested in the RecdParams array. The SendParams parameter cannot contain any of the standard options that the DHCP client sends by default.


Array of DHCP data the caller is interested in receiving. This array must be empty prior to the DhcpRequestParams function call.


Buffer used for storing the data associated with requests made in RecdParams.


Size of Buffer.

Required size of the buffer, if it is insufficiently sized to hold the data, otherwise indicates size of the buffer which was successfully filled.


Application identifier (ID) used to facilitate a persistent request. Must be a printable string with no special characters (commas, backslashes, colons, or other illegal characters may not be used). The specified application identifier (ID) is used in a subsequent DhcpUndoRequestParams function call to clear the persistent request, as necessary.

Return Value

Returns ERROR_SUCCESS upon successful completion.

Upon return, RecdParams is filled with pointers to requested data, with corresponding data placed in Buffer. If pSize indicates that Buffer has insufficient space to store returned data, the DhcpRequestParams function returns ERROR_MORE_DATA, and returns the required buffer size in pSize. Note that the required size of Buffer may increase during the time that elapses between the initial function call's return and a subsequent call; therefore, the required size of Buffer (indicated in pSize) provides an indication of the approximate size required of Buffer, rather than guaranteeing that subsequent calls will return successfully if Buffer is set to the size indicated in pSize.

Other errors return appropriate Windows error codes.

Return code Description
Returned if the AdapterName parameter is over 256 characters long.
Returned if the AdapterName parameter is over 256 characters long.


DHCP clients store data obtained from a DHCP server in their local cache. If the DHCP client cache contains all data requested in the RecdParams array of a DhcpRequestParams function call, the client returns data from its cache. If requested data is not available in the client cache, the client processes the DhcpRequestParams function call by submitting a DHCP-INFORM message to the DHCP server.

When the client submits a DHCP-INFORM message to the DHCP server, it includes any requests provided in the optional SendParams parameter, and provides the Class identifier (ID) specified in the ClassId parameter, if provided.

Clients can also specify that DHCP data be retrieved from the DHCP server each time the DHCP client boots, which is considered a persistent request. To enable persistent requests, the caller must specify the RequestIdStr parameter, and also specify the additional DHCPAPI_REQUEST_PERSISTENT flag in the dwFlags parameter. This persistent request capability is especially useful when clients need to automatically request application-critical information at each boot. To disable a persist request, clients must call the function.

Note  The callers of this API must not make blocking calls to this API, since it can take up to a maximum of 2 minutes to return a code or status. UI behaviors in particular should not block on the return of this call, since it can introduce a significant delay in UI response time.
For more information about DHCP INFORM messages, and other standards-based information about DHCP, consult DHCP Standards.

To see the DhcpRequestParams function in use, see DHCP Examples.


Windows version Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps UWP apps] Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps UWP apps]
Target Platform Windows
Header dhcpcsdk.h
Library Dhcpcsvc.lib
DLL Dhcpcsvc.dll

See Also

DHCP Functions