Usually I tend to create DHCP server on Windows Server. However, sometimes there is no server on site. Only what I have are network devices, workstations and voip phones. In those cases I used to create DHCP server on switches. As environment I operate in contains mainly Cisco devices, each location has at least one or more Cisco Catalyst switches (2960 or 3560) it is possible to provide DHCP service using IOS features. Example contains DHCP configuration for network with different VLANs for data, voice and printers.

Below is short description and set of commands demonstrating how to setup:

  • DHCP scopes
  • Exclusions
  • Define DHCP helper on the interface
  • Check status of DHCP assignments