How to Import the DHCP
database in A Windows server 2003
1. Log on as a user who is an explicit member of the local Administrators
2. Copy the exported DHCP database file to the local hard disk of the
Windows Server 2003 computer.
3. Verify that the DHCP service is started on the Windows Server 2003-based
4. Click Start, click Run, type cmd in the Open box, and then click OK.
5. At the command prompt, type netsh dhcp server import c:\dhcp.txt all, and
then press ENTER, where c:\dhcp.txt is the full path and file name of the
database file that you copied to the server.
Note 1: If the DHCP IMPORT or EXPORT command fails for users who are not
explicit members of the local Administrators group, you must apply the
following hotfix on the Windows Server 2003-based computer:
833167 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/833167/) A Volume Shadow Copy
Service (VSS) update package is available for Windows Server 2003.
Note 2: Important Do not use Dhcpexim.exe to import a DHCP database in
Windows Server 2003. Additionally, if the target Windows 2003 server is a
member server, and if you plan to promote it to a domain controller, we
suggested that you perform the DHCP database migration before promoting it
to a domain controller. Although you can migrate the DHCP database to a
Windows 2003 domain controller, the migration to a member server will be
easier because of the existence of the local administrator account.
Note 3: If the target server is Windows 2000, you may use
Dhcpexim.exe to import a DHCP database in Windows Server.
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