IN THIS CHAPTER
The Windows Server 2008 DHCP server
Installing and configuring the DHCP server
Defining and implementing user and vendor classes
Creating and using superscopes
Creating multicast scopes
Configuring global DHCP server properties
Managing the DHCP database
Configuring Windows DHCP clients
This chapter covers configuring and managing a Windows Server–based Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server and DHCP clients.
The TCP/IP protocol, which is required for Internet connectivity and has become the protocol of choice for most intranets, requires that each node on the network have a unique IP address. This includes any individual network object, such as a server, workstation, printer, or router. You can assign IP addresses to network nodes either statically or dynamically. With a statically assigned address, you specify a fixed address for a given node, and that address never changes unless you manually change it. Static assignment is the option used when the network node must always have the same IP address. Web and FTP servers or devices such as printers that don't support anything other than static assignments are prime examples of devices with statically assigned addresses.
You also can assign IP addresses dynamically through the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). DHCP enables network nodes to take IP address assignments from a DHCP server automatically at startup. Although dynamic assignment means that IP addresses ...