How To Force A Dhcp Lease To Expire With Powershell

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Today, I’m excited to share my knowledge on how to force a DHCP lease to expire using PowerShell. DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is a network management protocol used to dynamically assign IP addresses and other network configuration parameters to devices on a network. Sometimes, there might be a need to force a DHCP lease to expire, and PowerShell provides a powerful way to accomplish this task. Let’s dive into the details!

Understanding DHCP Lease

Before we explore how to force a DHCP lease to expire, it’s important to understand what a DHCP lease is. When a device connects to a network, it is assigned an IP address for a specific duration, known as the lease time. This lease time is set by the DHCP server and once the lease expires, the IP address is released and can be reassigned to another device.

PowerShell Command for Forcing DHCP Lease Expiry

In PowerShell, we can use the Ipconfig /release command to force the termination of the DHCP lease for a specific network interface. This command sends a request to the DHCP server to release the IP address associated with that interface.

To execute this command, open PowerShell with administrative privileges and type the following command:

Ipconfig /release

After running this command, the DHCP lease for the specified network interface will be terminated, and the IP address will be released.

Additional Considerations

It’s important to note that forcing a DHCP lease to expire using PowerShell should be done cautiously. Terminating a DHCP lease can disrupt network connectivity for the affected device, so it’s crucial to ensure that it’s necessary and appropriate to perform this action.


In this article, we’ve explored how to force a DHCP lease to expire using PowerShell. Understanding the DHCP lease concept and having the ability to manage it using PowerShell can be valuable for network administrators. As with any network-related operation, it’s essential to exercise caution and ensure that the action is taken with the appropriate considerations in mind.