Back up the DHCP database

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To back up the DHCP database

  1. Open DHCP.

  2. In the console tree, click the applicable DHCP server.


    • DHCP/applicable DHCP server/
  3. On the Action menu, click Backup.

  4. In the Browse For Folder dialog box, select the folder where you want to store the backup DHCP database, and then click OK.


  • To perform this procedure you must be a member of the Administrators group or the DHCP Administrators group on the DHCP server.

  • To open DHCP, click Start, click Settings, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click DHCP.

  • You must choose a local drive for the DHCP database backup folder.

  • The DHCP service creates an automatic backup of the DHCP database during normal operation. The default storage location for this copy of the database backup is systemroot\System32\Dhcp\Backup.

  • It is recommended that you back up your DHCP database to a location other than the local drive using Windows Backup (ntbackup.exe) or non-Microsoft backup software. For more information, see Related Topics.

  • When you store a manually created backup of the DHCP database in the same location as the synchronous backup that the DHCP server creates every 60 minutes, the manual backup is overwritten when automatic backup occurs.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Backing up the DHCP database
Restoring server data
Restore the DHCP database
Using Network Monitor
Checklists for Backing Up and Restoring Data
Best practices for Backup