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Advanced Linux Networking by Roderick W. Smith

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Chapter 5. Configuring Other Computers via DHCP

Chapter 2, TCP/IP Network Configuration, covered configuring a computer to function on a TCP/IP network in any of several different ways. One of these ways was to use a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server. In this configuration, the computer sends out a broadcast query to locate a DHCP server, which responds by providing the computer with an IP address and other necessary configuration information. This configuration is very convenient for the DHCP client, because it obviates the need to enter the computer's IP address, IP addresses for gateways, and related information. DHCP doesn't work by magic, though. If you're running your own network, it requires that you configure a DHCP server ...

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