Tip of the Day: DHCP PBA

Today’s tip…

Windows Server 2012 introduces Policy Based Assignment for DHCP. This new functionality allows administrators to better control IP assignment in their environment.

Example: Here is a small DHCP scope I created from to


Next I created policy for that scope with a condition for MAC addresses starting with 00-15-5D-0A-16 and set an IP address range of to


Now clients that hit my DHCP server with a MAC address range that my Hyper-V server is configured for will get addresses – Everyone else will get addresses from the remainder of the scope.

This means that I know by IP address which installations are running in VMs and which are physical.

Additional conditions can be used and be ADD’ed or OR’ed to the policy.


Comments (1)

  1. Harpreet Sachdeva (Harry) says:

    Nice piece of info. I have now become a fan of your Tip of the day 🙂 Keep it up and keep them coming !!!!!