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Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

Manually configuring IP addresses for a handful of systems is a fairly simple task. However, manually configuring IP addresses for an entire department, building, or enterprise of heterogeneous systems can be daunting and prone to errors! The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) can assist with these tasks. A DHCP client machine can be configured to obtain its IP address automatically. When the DHCP client software is started, it broadcasts a request onto the network for an IP address. If all goes well, a DHCP server on the network will respond, issuing an address and other necessary information to complete the client’s network configuration.

DHCP is also useful for configuring ...

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