This chapter discusses the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) client that is part of Oracle Solaris. The chapter explains how the client's DHCPv4 and DHCPv6 protocols work, and how you can affect the behavior of the client.
The DHCPv4 protocol has long been part of Oracle Solaris, and enables DHCP servers to pass configuration parameters such as IPv4 network addresses to IPv4 nodes.
The DHCPv6 protocol enables DHCP servers to pass configuration parameters such as IPv6 network addresses to IPv6 nodes. DHCPv6 is a stateful counterpart to "IPv6 stateless address autoconfiguration" (RFC 2462), and can be used separately or concurrently with the stateless protocol to obtain configuration parameters.