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1.  About DHCP (Overview)

About the DHCP Protocol

Advantages of Using DHCP

How DHCP Works


Legacy Sun DHCP Server

DHCP Client

2.  Administering the ISC DHCP Service

3.  Configuring and Administering the DHCP Client

4.  DHCP Commands and Files (Reference)


About the DHCP Protocol

The DHCP protocol enables automatic network configuration of hosts in a TCP/IP network. DHCP uses a client-server mechanism. Servers store and manage configuration information for clients and provide that information upon a client's request. The information includes the client's IP address and information about network services that are available to the client.

DHCP evolved from an earlier protocol, BOOTP, which was designed for booting over a TCP/IP network. DHCP uses the same format as BOOTP for messages between the client and server. However, unlike BOOTP messages, DHCP messages can include network configuration data for the client.

A primary benefit of DHCP is its ability to manage IP address assignments through leases. Leases allow IP addresses to be reclaimed when they are not in use. The reclaimed IP addresses can be reassigned to other 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.