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You cannot add a DHCP reservation which is outside of the scope distribution range in Windows Server 2008 R2


On Windows Server 2008 R2, you cannot add a reservation using the DHCP MMC or netsh commands if the reservation is outside of the distribution range of the  DHCP scope, even if it falls  in the subnet defined by the subnet mask of  the scope.



Distribution Range:

Subnet Mask:


Adding the IP address will fail. The message that will be displayed is:   The specified DHCP client is not a reserved client


When adding a new reservation, the DHCP server checks if the IP address is within the defined distribution range of the scope.


This is by design. If the DHCP scope range does not cover the whole subnet defined by the subnet mask, you cannot add a reservation outside of the configured range. You can, however, extend the distribution range so that the whole subnet is covered, and specify the reservation after this step. If you do not want to distribute addresses from the whole subnet, you can also define an exclusion range. A reservation which falls into an exclusion range will still work.  

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Article ID: 2005980 - Last Review: 02/25/2010 22:21:00 - Revision: 4.0

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter without Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise without Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard without Hyper-V

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