HOWTO: Import and Export DHCP reservations in server 2003

Load-balancing your DHCP has been well documented, but the matter of synchronizing your IP reservations has always the fly in the ointment. But no more.

To export DHCP reservations, from the source server:

netsh dhcp server [ip address] scope [scope address] dump>reserv.txt

Open up ‘reserv.txt’ in a text editor, do a Find->Replace for the source server IP, change to the destination server IP. Trim out everything in the file except for the reservations themselves.

On the destination server, make sure your scope is already created, and run the following command:

netsh exec C:\reserv.txt

Tada. The only problem is that as your add more and more reservations, you’ll need to add them to each server that you are load balancing. It’s easier to do that than to do another export.

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38 Responses to HOWTO: Import and Export DHCP reservations in server 2003

  1. Maximus says:

    I would like to see a continuation of the topic

  2. koolbeans says:

    Have anything in particular in mind?

  3. hadit says:

    lets say you have to expand your scope because you are out of IP’s on your network.. and say you wish to export you old reserves from the original scope into the new expanded scope.. but using the commands above give you
    “The scope parameter are incorrect. Either the scope already exists or it’s subnet address and mask is inconsistent with the subnet address and mask of the existing scope”

    I did change the subnet of the new scope, so how does one import the reserves.?. please 🙂

  4. hadit says:

    ok I got this to work by manually editing the exported txt file and first removing the information at the top that was to create the new scope, then changed the reservation scopes that were listed to reflect the new scope and it imported as it should.. always happens once you post something you figure it out.. hope it helps someone else out there 😉 cheers!

  5. pepe says:

    Brilliant! Worked like a charm. Thanks!

  6. Dan says:

    This works for 08 as well just FYI

  7. Marco says:

    Thx, worked perfectly 🙂

  8. rush5150 says:

    I have been looking for this for sometime. God bless you…..

  9. Allan McMillan says:

    Hi, just seen this after having a bit of a nightmare with my DHCP database, it was something i overlooked in the backup schedule and lost the server, thankfully managed to export IP and MAC addresses from a netowkr monitor system and netsh them in as reservations via txt file so all was ok in the end.
    This is a great method to sync IP’s across 2 servers, is there anyway to batch file and automate this maybe?

    netsh dhcp server [ip address] scope [scope address] dump>reserv.txt


    netsh exec C:\reserv.txt


  10. Fabiano says:

    ThanX man… It does helps a lot!!!

  11. rome says:

    Can anyone guide me how to do it on multiple scope and with reservation each scope?


  12. Marius says:

    For multiple scopes use:

    netsh dhcp server [ip address] dump>reserved.txt

    Don’t forget to replace the IP of the target server before running netsh exec.

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  15. Rick says:

    Great info many thanks

  16. Alejandro Aguado says:

    Thanks for the info. One note, I migrate a W2003 to W2008 and have create the scope, not working. Delete the scope in the final server run the line and all Ok.

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  18. Ahmed El Shimy says:

    Thank You very Much …. 100% working.

  19. Steve Fuller says:

    Thanks a lot for this. We’re going through a dhcp scope consolidation and change right now and this saved me a lot of work.

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  21. Kevin says:

    Any idea what this will do with duplicate entries? Will it overwrite, ignore or actually duplicate an entry that already exists?

    • Kevin says:

      Nevermind. I shot from the hip and tried an import with known duplicates and they just error’d out. Sweet!

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    Works with 2012 as well, and after then just right click the server and choose for replicating the scopes.
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