Add Default Gateway Information to DHCP in Windows Server 2008

Vivek Nayyar June 9, 2011 2

When a DHCP server is installed and scopes are created in it, it does not only assigns the IP addresses to the client computers but it also provides the machine with some other information which is helpful in communicating with other machines within the network and outside. IP address of DNS server and the default gateway can be a good example for this. During scope configuration if any administrator has not opted to configure additional settings for the scope he needs to manually do so after the scope is successfully created. As an administrator of a DHCP server in Windows server 2008 if you want to configure default gateway you need to follow the steps given below:

1.       Make sure that you are logged on to Windows server 2008 with the administrator privileges and DHCP server and its scope is already configured.

2.       Open DHCP snap-in and expand the name of the server to get IPv4 tree.

3.       Expand the tree and expand the available scope.

4.       Right click on Scope Options and from the available menu click on Configure Options.

5.       On Scope Options box locate and check 003 Router checkbox.

Default Gateway

6.       Under IP address section type the IP address of the default gateway and click on Add button.

7.       Click on Ok button to save the changes.

8.       If required, restart DHCP service to make the changes take effect.


  1. Sean July 2, 2011 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Hi Maybe you can help me,

    i have to nic cards on windows 2008 server, one given a static ip from my upc router, second one manually configure as, sub and the dns is applied by the server, configured dhcp and my laptop can get an ip address , but no default gateway, my questions is, if nic one is connected to internet and nic two is connect to a 3 com switch how does nic two know were to lookup the default gateway? as its not on a internet connection

    please advise


  2. babu July 16, 2011 at 10:09 am - Reply


    i am having one doubt, for dhcp scope which gateway has to assign.(Its a router IP or we should create manual gateway)

    Please help


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