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Microsoft® Windows Server 2003: Administrator’s Companion by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Using DHCP

DHCP is an essential service for any TCP/IP-based network that has more than a small number of clients. DHCP allows clients to boot up and automatically receive an IP address and other TCP/IP settings such as DNS servers, WINS servers, and the default gateway.

The DHCP server provided with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is truly excellent—it works predictably, reliably, and properly. The following sections describe how to use it; if you need to get up to speed about how DHCP works, see Chapter 15.

Designing DHCP Networks

It’s important to design the deployment of DHCP servers in a way that fits the network. Small, nonrouted networks can use a single DHCP server. If you have a larger network, consider the subnets and routers in use, ...

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