December 01, 2017

DHCP Fails after uninstalling Citrix PVS Agent

While attempting to migrate a Citrix PVS base image to a new hypervisor, I uninstalled the PVS bits from the VDA and quickly found that DHCP had been broken. I have slamming my head against the wall a bit, I remembered something I had done years ago to this image to avoid an issue where PVS was failing in an older split-scope environment we had - set the PVS service "BNDevice" as a dependency of the DHCP service so that it would request the correct IP address during the hand-off to the OS (Thanks to Syxin https://www.syxin.com/tag/bndevice/).

This obviously was preventing DHCP from starting since the BNDevice service no longer existed after removing PVS tools. Simply needed to reverse that change:

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\dhcp\DependsOnService

Remove BNDevice from the list of dependencies.

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