Windows DHCP client

Windows DHCP client logs are written to Windows Event Log. There are two logs for IPv4 and two for IPv6. To enable the required logs, open Event Viewer (eventvwr) and check the logs under Applications and Services Logs > Microsoft > Windows > Dhcp-Client and Applications and Services Logs > Microsoft > Windows > DHCPv6-Client. To enable a log, right-click on it and click Enable Log.

Enabling DHCP client logs in Windows Event Log

Alternatively, the following PowerShell script will check all four logs, enabling if necessary.

$LogNames = @("Microsoft-Windows-Dhcp-Client/Admin",
ForEach ($LogName in $LogNames) {
    $EventLog = Get-WinEvent -ListLog $LogName
    if ($EventLog.IsEnabled) {
        Write-Host "Already enabled: $LogName"
    else {
        Write-Host "Enabling: $LogName"
        $EventLog.IsEnabled = $true
Example 1. Collecting Windows DHCP client logs

This configuration collects events from the IPv4 and IPv6 Admin and Operational DHCP client logs using the im_msvistalog module.

<Input dhcp_client_eventlog>
    Module  im_msvistalog
        <Query Id="0">
          <Select Path="Microsoft-Windows-Dhcp-Client/Admin">*</Select>
          <Select Path="Microsoft-Windows-Dhcp-Client/Operational">*</Select>
          <Select Path="Microsoft-Windows-Dhcpv6-Client/Admin">*</Select>
          <Select Path="Microsoft-Windows-Dhcpv6-Client/Operational">*</Select>

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Last revision: 18 January 2022