Displaying DHCP scope activity using Netsh

You can use the Netsh command to display statistics for a single scope on your DHCP server. For instance, you can display a list of clients that are currently leasing addresses from a scope.

Here's how you do this together with some sample command output:

    C:\Users\administrator>netsh dhcp server scope 172.16.11.0 show clients    
    Changed the current scope context to 172.16.11.0 scope.    
    Type : N - NONE, D - DHCP B - BOOTP, U - UNSPECIFIED, R - RESERVATION IP    
    ==================================================================================    
    IP Address      - Subnet Mask    - Unique ID           - Lease Expires        -Type    
    ==================================================================================    
    172.16.11.133   - 255.255.255.0  -00-03-ff-54-88-8c   - NEVER EXPIRES        -U    
    172.16.11.220   - 255.255.255.0  - 00-03-ff-43-88-8c   -6/9/2008 11:41:18 AM   -D    
    No of Clients(version 4): 2 in the Scope : 172.16.11.0.    
    Command completed successfully.    

Note that typing show clients 1 instead of show clients will cause the FQDN of each client to be included in the listing.

This sample command output can also be found in my book Windows Server 2008 Server Core Administrators Pocket Consultant from Microsoft Press.

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