Hey everyone,

I having trying to build a pxe server using Windows XP based PC.
One thing that is required on PXE server is DHCP hosting service.
However, this PXE server need to access the internet through already existing gateway with DHCP server already running.
I know that it is not correct to have 2 DHCP server on the same network.
so I was wondering if there is a way to have 2 NIC running on my PXE with specific connection routing.

For example.
NIC 1 - connects to already existing DHCP server for internet connection. DHCP service on PXE would not have any effect on the already existing network. (no overlap DHCP service.)

NIC 2 - connect to a secondary network and host DHCP service.

I am spending way too much time deploying windows xp on our new pcs and if some would help me figure this out, it would save me significant amount of work and time.

Hey BlueHanook,

Yikes be-careful in segregating you network it can quickly turn into a nightmare, trust me first hand experience.

There is nothing wrong with having two DHCP servers if they are properly configured, it is actually recommended. Take a look at this microsoft write up.


A DCHP servers requires a static IP:


an exert from the link above:

"For certain types of servers, you must assign a static IP address and subnet mask during or after Setup. These servers include DHCP servers, DNS servers, WINS servers, and any ser...."