Introduction to DHCP Services

Bootstrap Protocol (BOOTP), also known as Preboot Execution Environment (PXE), is a UDP network protocol used by a network client to obtain its IP address automatically. This is usually done during the bootstrap process when a computer is starting up. The BOOTP servers assign the IP address from a pool of addresses to each client. BOOTP can then be used to load an advanced operating system over the network from a network disk. It can also be used by corporations to roll out a preconfigured client image such as Windows to newly installed computers.

Originally, BOOTP required a boot floppy disk to establish the initial network connection. Today, the protocol can often be found embedded in the BIOS of network ...

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