Migrate of DHCP role from Server 2003 to server 2012

Exporting the DHCP database from Windows Server 2003

  1. On the Windows 2003 DHCP server, navigate to a command prompt <Run as Administrator>
  2. Type the following Command: netsh
  3. Type the following Command: DHCP
  4. Type the following Command: server Name or IP Address
  5. Type the following Command: export c:server2k3_DHCP_db all

Importing the DHCP database on Windows Server 2012

  1. Copy the exported DHCP database file to the local hard disk of the Windows Server 2008-based computer.
  2. From within Server Manager, select Add roles and features
  3. Install DHCP role on server and finish the wizard of installing role.
  4. Once the DHCP install has been completed, select DHCP located in the Server Manager dashboard.
  5. Right click the designated DHCP server in the services pane, then select Stop.
  6. Delete the DHCP.mdb file under c:windowssystem32DHCP folder.
  7. Return to DHCP located in the Server Manager dashboard
  8. Right click the designated DHCP server in the services pane, then select Start.
  9. Right-click on the bottom left hand side of the desktop screen to invoke the admin menu
  10. Select Command Prompt (Admin) to open the cmd prompt using elevated privileges.
  11. Type the following Command: netsh
  12. Type the following Command: DHCP
  13. Type the following Command: server Name or IP Address
  14. Type the following Command: import c:server2k3_DHCP_db
  15. Close the command prompt when completed.
  16. Return to DHCP located in the Server Manager dashboard.
  17. Right click the designated DHCP server in the services pane, then select Restart.
  18. Disable and remove DHCP from the Windows 2003 server.
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