Solaris 10 Installation Guide for IBM BladeCenter Servers

Preconfiguring System Configuration Information With the DHCP Service

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) enables host systems in a TCP/IP network to be configured automatically for the network as they boot. DHCP uses a client and server mechanism. Servers store and manage configuration information for clients, and provide that information as a result of a client's request. The information includes the client's IP address and information about network services that are available to the client.

A primary benefit of DHCP is its ability to manage IP address assignments through leasing. Leasing enables IP addresses to be reclaimed when not in use and reassigned to other clients. This ability enables a site to use a smaller pool of IP addresses than would be needed if all clients were assigned a permanent address.

You can use DHCP for installing the Solaris OS on certain client systems on your network. All systems that meet the hardware requirements for running the Solaris OS can use this feature.