reengineer the whole DHCP Server
The MMC console based management of windows server is still unchanged since server 2003. These are the things that bother me:
- Window size is not saved. have to maximize everytime the window is opened
- Treemenu on the left is collapsed every time the window is opened
- Menu window on the left is very narrow, have to extend it every time the window is opened
- Cant edit IP address range exclutions (you have to delete and recreate every time)
- Cant edit reservations IP address
Following features would be great to have:
- Right click on a client and copy MAC address (for dhcp reservations)
- Under address leases, show a column to see at what time a specific IP address has been issued. i know you can see the lease expiration and calculate back the issued time with the lease duration, but its inconvenient
- While were at it, a possibility to export/import reservations from specific scopes. Something like a "move-reservations-to-new-scope" feature. This would make migrations of IP ranges much more comfortable.
Nowadays we try to work as less as possible with static IP addresses on the client and use DHCP reservation instead. This way, we do get the advantage of DNS registration and we dont have to touch the devices (printers, APs, and so on...) on a subnet change.
It would be great of you could integrate the new DHCP management into the Windows Server Manager so the "usability" issues are gone at least. Right now, you can see only some logs and performance information.