Parsing DHCP Server Logs

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a service provided by a server in which an IP address is dynamically assigned upon request by a host machine. Microsoft server products (such as Windows Server 2008) provide DHCP service if enabled and configured. When a DHCP server is providing the service and listening for requests on the network, a requesting host requests an IP address. The DHCP server then assigns the IP address and other network settings required to connect to a local area network to the requesting host, provided the host meets any established rules that may be configured.

Figure 11-5 shows a Windows 7 host that is configured to obtain an IP v4 address automatically. What this really means is that it ...

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