Grid Manager enables you to centrally manage the DHCP data of multiple Microsoft DHCP servers from a single interface. Once the DHCP data is synchronized, you can use the Dashboard on Grid Manager to monitor DHCP and server operations, or organize DHCP data into Smart Folders. Through IPAM tools, such as network maps and IP maps, you can track and manage IP address usage in your networks and monitor DHCP range utilization. You can also run a network discovery to retrieve IP allocation for both managed and unmanaged devices— including virtualized resources. For information about the IPAM features, see About IP Address Management.
Figure 36.1 Managing Microsoft DHCP Servers from Grid Manager
This chapter provides guidelines for using Grid Manager to manage Microsoft DHCP servers and for synchronizing DHCP data between Microsoft servers and the Grid. It discusses some features of the Microsoft DHCP servers only as they relate to the synchronization of data. Please review the Microsoft documentation for complete information about Microsoft DHCP servers and their features.
In addition, if you encounter technical issues with your Microsoft DHCP servers, contact Microsoft Technical Support or consult the Microsoft Support site at http://support.microsoft.com/. Some Windows versions require certain updates and hotfixes installed, so the Microsoft server can synchronize with the Grid member. For information about these requirements, see Requirements.
The topics in this section include:
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