Event ID 1003 — DHCP Client Lease Validity

Updated: December 11, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Each time a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) client starts, it requests IP addressing information from a DHCP server, including:

  • IP address
  • Subnet mask
  • Additional configuration parameters, such as a default gateway address, Domain Name System (DNS) server addresses, a DNS domain name, and Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) server addresses

When a DHCP server receives a request, it selects an available IP address from a pool of addresses defined in its database (along with other configuration parameters) and offers it to the DHCP client. If the client accepts the offer, the IP addressing information is leased to the client for a specified period of time.

Event Details

Product: Windows Operating System
ID: 1003
Source: Microsoft-Windows-DHCP-Client
Version: 6.0
Message: Your computer was not able to renew its address from the network (from the DHCP server) for the network adapter with MAC address %1. The following error occurred:
%2. Your computer will continue trying to obtain an address on its own from the DHCP server.


Start the DHCP Server service

On the DHCP server, configure the DHCP Server service to start automatically, and then start the service.

To perform these procedures, you must be a member of the Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

To configure the DHCP Server service to start automatically:

  1. At the DHCP server computer, click Start, click Run, type services.msc, and then click OK.
  2. Double-click DHCP Server.
  3. On the General tab, in the Startup type box, click Automatic, and then click Apply.
  4. Click Start, wait for the progress bar to complete, and then click OK.
  5. On the File menu, click Exit.


To verify that the computer has a valid lease:

  1. At the DHCP-enabled client computer, click Start, in Start Search type cmd, and then press ENTER.
  2. To verify a DHCP client lease, type ipconfig /all to view lease-status information.
  3. The output of the ipconfig command should show an IPv4 or IPv6 address marked "preferred."

DHCP Client Lease Validity

DHCP Infrastructure