Supporting BOOTP Clients

The Bootstrap Protocol (BOOTP) is a computer configuration protocol developed before DHCP. DHCP improves on BOOTP and resolves specific limitations BOOTP had as a computer configuration service. RFC 951 defines BOOTP.

BOOTP was intended to configure diskless workstations with limited boot capabilities, while DHCP was intended to configure frequently relocated networked computers (such as portables) that have local hard drives and full boot capabilities.

Because of the relationship between BOOTP and DHCP, both protocols share some defining characteristics. The common elements include:

  • The format structure used to exchange client/server messages.

    BOOTP and DHCP use nearly identical request messages (sent by clients) and ...

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