The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) protocol enables a system to receive configuration information from a DHCP server, including an IP address, as part of the booting process. DHCP servers maintain pools of IP address from which to assign addresses to DHCP clients. A site that uses DHCP can use a smaller pool of IP addresses than would be needed if all clients were assigned a permanent IP address. You can set up the Oracle Solaris DHCP service to manage your site's IP addresses, or a portion of the addresses. For more information, refer to Chapter 12, About Oracle Solaris DHCP (Overview).