Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is the standard method for handing out IP addresses to client computers. While DHCP services are not integrated with FreeBSD out of the box, they are commonly required to implement such services as diskless workstations and PXE installs. We'll cover the basics of DHCP configuration here, without delving into DHCP's advanced features, to give you just enough information to set up your basic office, diskless clients, or global network of interconnected offices.

The FreeBSD Ports Collection includes ISC dhcpd, from the same folks who brought us BIND (see Chapter 14), in /usr/ports/net/isc-dhcp3-server. Install that port per the instructions in Chapter 11. You'll be offered a screen of initial options ...

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