The client that is booting and the server communicate using Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP) packets. The settings on the DHCP tab allow you to configure the server’s DHCP settings. To view this tab, right-click the server in the MMC-snap in, and then click Properties. For more information, see Configuring DHCP (

This tab contains the following settings:

  • Do not listen on port 67. Select this check box if DHCP is running on the same server as Windows Deployment Services (that is, this server).

  • Configure DHCP option 60 to indicate that this server is also a PXE server. Note the following about this option:

    • When you select this option, clients booting from the network are always notified that the PXE server is available, even if the server is not operational or has stopped.

    • There are some scenarios (particularly those that require running a DHCP server) that do not support adding custom DHCP option 60 on the same physical computer as the Windows Deployment Services server. In these circumstances, it is possible to configure the server to bind to User Datagram Protocol (UDP) port 67 in nonexclusive mode by passing the SO_REUSEADDR option. For more information, see Using SO_REUSEADDR and SO_EXCLUSIVEADDRUSE (

If DHCP is installed on a server that is located in a different subnet, you will need to do one of the following: configure your IP Helper tables (recommended) or add DHCP options 66 and 67. For more information about these settings, see Managing Network Boot Programs (