In this post, I want to share with you how to configure a DHCP server in Cisco Packet Tracer. Packet Tracer is a powerful network simulation tool that allows you to build computer networks and test scenarios to analyze outcomes. We will cover one of the most basic network configurations now.
Build the Topology in Cisco Packet Tracer
First, build the network topology below. Feel free to add more end devices to your network to make it your own.
The PCs, 2950T switch, and server can be found by looking through the graphics located at the bottom right of the window.
Make the connections between each device by selecting the lightning bolt graphic. You can make it easy on yourself by selecting the lightning bolt again to the right. Then click on two devices to make a connection.
Configure DHCP Server Device
Next, click on the server and enter the static IP address Config > Interface > FastEthernet0 > IP Configuration
Then, go to Services > DHCP and enter the following:
Pool Name: NewLAN
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
DNS Server: 192.168.1.2
Start IP Address: 192.168.1.10
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Configure End Devices
Finally, go to each of your devices within the Config > Interface > FastEthernet0 and select DHCP as shown below.
Validate the Configuration
Click a device in your network and choose Desktop > Command Prompt and type ‘ipconfig‘ in the terminal window as seen below.
In this guide, I share with you how to configure a DHCP server in Cisco Packet Tracer. May this post help you along your journey.
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