Windows Server – Change a DHCP Scopes Subnet Mask

KB ID 0001177 


You have probably tried to do this and found he option ‘greyed out’ because in the DHCP management console you can’t change the subnet mask of a scope. 

I needed to change a clients DHCP scope because I was changing their subnet from /24 to /16. I could have simply deleted and recreated the scope, but they has a lot of custom settings for their phone system, and hundreds of reservations (which I know is unusual).



I wrote an article a long time ago about migrating DHCP scopes, this process uses the same method to take a backup of the scope, then you can edit the subnet mask, and ‘re-import’ the scope again.

First take a backup of the scope, open an administrative command window, and run the following command;

netsh dhcp server \\”Server name” scope “scope subnet” dump>c\:dhcp.txt

netsh dhcp server \\Server-DC01 scope dump >c:\temp\dhcp.txt

2012 Export DHCP Scope to Text File

Then open the C:\dhcp.txt file, and locate the subnet mask;

windows scope change subnet mask

Edit it accordingly, and save the changes.

windows dhcp change mask


You can now DELETE the live scope, then reimport the one you just edited with the following command;

netsh dhcp server import c:\temp\dhcp.txt all

Server 2012 DHCP Import Warning

With Server 2012 / 2012 R2 you may receive the following warning;

Import DHCP The Request is not supported

The request is not supported

If so, use the following syntax;

netsh exec c:\temp\dhcp.txt 

 2012 Import DHCP Scope from Text File


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Author: PeteLong

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  1. When I run the import command on 2012R2, I get the request is not supported.

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  2. I get the same thing as Miles when running the import on 2012 R2 servers. “The request is not supported.” The dump file is from the same sever. Just trying to edit subnet mask.

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    • There you go, updated for Server 2012 🙂


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  3. My WDS server is on Windows Server 2016 and the second option worked for me
    netsh exec C:\Temp\dhcp.txt

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  4. This is very helpful for me, Excellent……… 🙂

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