Losing DHCP IP address RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    We've been having a weird issue where PC's have been losing the IP address out of the blue and end up with a address. People are working fine and all of a sudden the network stops working. Looking at the network information, all the information is fine except for the IP address now at

    This is happening network wide and I can't find anything in my DNS/DHCP event logs. I have 2 domain controllers with integrated DNS.

    The DHCP lease is 24h and this might happen 1h after a machine was booted.

    Thank for the help.


    • Edited by llacasse Tuesday, July 3, 2018 7:12 PM added info
    Tuesday, July 3, 2018 7:08 PM

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  • Hi,

    Thanks for your question.

    First of all, I need to confirm whether this is a single event or a general phenomenon.

    When the DHCP server is unable to respond to the client's request, the client gets the IP address of the 169.254.x.x segment.

    If it is a single event, the problem may be on the client side.

    • Use the ping command to test connectivity from the client to the server. Your next step would be to either verify or manually attempt to renew the client lease. Depending on your network requirements, it might be necessary to disable IP autoconfiguration at the client.

    Refer to the following link:

    If it is a general event, the problem may be on the server side.

    • Scopes or superscopes on the DHCP server have not been either configured or activated for use. Add scopes and make sure that they are correctly configured along with any DHCP scope options that need to be assigned for client use.
    • The server is located on a different subnet as some of its clients and is not providing service to clients on remote subnets. If you are using a DHCP server in a routed network, you might want to review issues related to DHCP relay agents and the appropriate use of superscopes.
    • The DHCP server is not authorized in Active Directory. If the DHCP server is a domain member, authorize the server in Active Directory.
    • The IP address of the DHCP server was changed. Check the IP address of the DHCP server.

    Refer to the following link:

    Hope you have a nice day!

    Best regards,


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    Wednesday, July 4, 2018 5:42 AM
  • I'm seeing the same problem post patching our domain controllers (which are also doing DHCP servers)

    we are running Server 2016 std server. Both Hyper-V and physical. 

    The source for us seemed to be KB4284833. Removing that update from our domain controllers fixed the issues. (We saw the issue in 8 offices and 5 DCs)

    Are you running 2016 and patch with KB4284833? 

    • Proposed as answer by NeilRawlinson Thursday, July 5, 2018 9:39 AM
    Thursday, July 5, 2018 3:36 AM
  • Ditto to the KB4284833 update on Domain controllers running DHCP

    Neil Rawlinson

    Thursday, July 5, 2018 9:39 AM
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    Monday, July 9, 2018 1:19 AM
  • KB4284833 now has breaking DHCP as a known issue in the description of the patch, fix tentatively promised as "mid July".
    Monday, July 16, 2018 6:22 AM
  • It certainly hasn't been fixed with the very latest patches/updates as of October 14, 2019.

    I'm seeing the same symptom where the Windows client just "gives up" its DHCP address for a self-assigned 169.254.x.x address. All other DHCP settings remain.

    It's happening on Surface 2 laptops with the Marvell hardware. We only have a few of these machines, man Mac OS users, and lots of mobile device users on the network. Only these Windows devices are exhibiting the symptoms. I've tried disabling Windows Filter Platform, which has been seen blocking DNS queries from the device (Event ID: 5152), but that wasn't a problem, apparently.

    Monday, October 14, 2019 4:41 PM