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An Introduction to DHCP

by Ralph Droms and Ted Lemon - May 30, 2000

An Introduction to DHCP

Synopsis and Objectives


Basic Definitions of DHCP


DHCP Uses and Capabilities


Benefits of DHCP

Configuring Devices on the Network: Pre-DHCP  
The DHCP Lease  
DHCP Options  
Address Allocation Policies  
Perceived Problems of DHCP  
When Not to Use DHCP  

Synopsis and Objectives

This tutorial provides an introduction to Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). You will learn:

  • The purpose and definition of DHCP
  • Fundamentals of the operation of DHCP, including the behavior of DHCP clients and how DHCP servers can be used to manage DHCP clients
  • How you can use DHCP to ease the burden of managing IP addresses and computer configurations
  • Application of DHCP for automatic configuration of new computers, automatic assignment of new addresses to computers that are moved to a new location, and management of laptop computers
  • The role of IP address leases in DHCP




Breaking News

One of the primary architects of OpenCable, Michael Adams, explains the key concepts of this initiative in his book OpenCable Architecture.

Expert Advice

Ralph Droms, Ph.D., author of The DHCP Handbook and chair of the IETF Dynamic Host Configuration Working Group, guides you to his top picks for reliable DHCP-related information.

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