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The Definitive Guide to CentOS by Ralph Angenendt, Tim Verhoeven, Peter Membrey

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C H A P T E R  8

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Setting Up DHCP

DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. This name pretty much covers what DHCP is used for: to dynamically configure a host connected to a network so it can use that network. In practice, DHCP is used to give a host an IP address, a subnet mask, a default gateway, a name server, and so on. Basically, it provides a networked device with everything it needs to be able to use the network to which it is connected.

This, of course, makes it clear why you could use DHCP. It allows you to control centrally the configuration of your network and makes it easy to distribute changes of the network configuration ...

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