Restore the DHCP database

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

To restore 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 Restore.

  4. In the Browse For Folder dialog box, select the folder that contains 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.

  • Only a DHCP database backed up from the same Windows Server version can be restored. Restoring a DHCP database from a different Windows server version is not supported. To migrate a DHCP database from one Windows Server version to another, use the netsh export/import command.

  • Only DHCP databases from the same language version can be restored. For example, a DHCP database from DHCP server running an English language version of the operating system cannot be restored to a DHCP server running a Japanese language version of the operating system.

  • To restore the DHCP database, the DHCP service is temporarily stopped. When it is stopped, DHCP clients are unable to contact the DHCP server and obtain IP addresses.

  • For more information, see Related Topics.

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
Back up the DHCP database
Restoring server data