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Ubuntu Unleashed 2014 Edition: Covering 13.10 and 14.04,Ninth Edition by Paul Hudson, Andrew Hudson, Matthew Helmke

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DHCP Software Installation and Configuration

Installation of the DHCP client and server is fairly straightforward, mainly because Ubuntu already includes dhclient in a default installation but also because installing software is easy using synaptic or apt-get.

DHCP dhclient

DHCP is automatically enabled when you install Ubuntu, so you do not need to worry about having to enable it. The DHCP client, dhclient, sends a broadcast message that the DHCP server replies to with networking information for your host. After it has this, you’re done.

You can, however, fine-tune how dhclient works and where and how it obtains or looks for DHCP information. You probably will not need to take this additional effort; but if you do, you can create and edit ...

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