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September 19, 2012

Howto migrate DHCP Server from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008 Server

Filed under: Microsoft Related — Tags: , , — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 2:44 PM

Recently I upgraded my Active Directory environment from Windows 2003 x86 to Windows 2008 x64. This is how I migrated DHCP server.

one thing to remember.

Export/Import is the way to migrate from one OS version to another.
Backup/Restore is supported only across similar OS versions.

Export DHCP Data in WINDOWS 2003:

Export the DHCP database from a server that is running Microsoft Windows Server 2003

netsh dhcp server export c:\dhcpdatabase.txt all

Import the DHCP database in Windows 2008

Install DHCP Server, Copy the dhcpdatabase.txt (Backup file that you created on windows 2003 dhcp serverto any folder, Open command prompt, & type

netsh dhcp server import c:\dhcpdatabase.txt all

Authorize the DHCP server, and Restart DHCP Service & you will have all your leases and other dchp related data back online 🙂

For graphical step by step instructions, you can visit.


Syed Jahanzaib


  1. Can windows 2008 R2 server with 6 Ethernet ports be load balanced and if yes how?


    Comment by James — September 19, 2012 @ 4:00 PM

  2. AOA i have issue in DHCP server as i Export DB of DHCP sever 2003 and Import it in dhcp 2008r2 i am unable to see DHCP leasesin Server 2008r2 when click on Dhcp leases Error message is “MMC can’t Initialize the snap inn..” will you please guide me to resolve this isse.


    Comment by Syed Zafar Abbas — March 16, 2014 @ 8:04 PM

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