Activate a DHCP Superscope

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

You can use this procedure to activate a superscope.

Membership in the Administrators or DHCP Administrators group is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To activate a superscope

  1. Open DHCP.

  2. In the console tree, locate the applicable superscope.

  3. On the Action menu, click Activate.

Additional considerations

Activating a superscope is required only for new superscopes. When you activate a superscope, it activates all member scopes in the superscope, allowing the DHCP server to lease IP addresses from the superscope to clients on your network. You must activate a superscope to make IP addresses for all of its member scopes available for use by DHCP clients.

Do not activate a superscope until you specify the options you want for each of its member scopes.

The Action menu command changes to Deactivate when the selected scope is currently activated. Do not deactivate a superscope unless you intend to permanently retire all of its member scopes from use on your network.