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DHCP for Windows 2000 by Neall Alcott

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Summary

This chapter discussed some the advanced features found in the Windows 2000 DHCP Server. Although not all of these features would be used in a typical DHCP implementation, it is important to realize and understand all of the different tools that are in your Windows 2000 DHCP toolbox.

The DHCP Server in Windows 2000 includes the ability to create superscopes. Superscopes are a group of scopes that are managed as a single entity, typically used where a single DHCP server is supporting multiple IP subnets on a single physical network.

In Windows 2000, an administrator can delegate the task of administering DHCP servers to a particular user or group. This can help ease the administrative burden on an Enterprise Administrator.

Netsh is a command-line utility that operates a lot like the Cisco IOS command language found in Cisco routers and switches. It is a powerful utility that can be used to configure a DHCP server without the use of the DHCP console. It can also be used by administrators to create batch files and scripts to help ease redundant administrative tasks.

When using DHCP Server on a multihomed Windows 2000 server, an administrator has the capability of selectively binding the DHCP service to particular network interfaces.

The DHCP database is a critical element in a DHCP server that contains all aspects of the server’s configuration, such as scopes and active leases. The database found in the Windows 2000 DHCP Server is based on the Exchange Server Storage Engine v4.0. ...

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