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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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BOOTP Detailed Operation

Now that you have seen how BOOTP messaging works in general terms, let's take a closer look at the detailed operation of the protocol. This will clarify how clients and servers create and process messages, and also help make sense of some of the important fields in the BOOTP message field format. Understanding the basic operation of BOOTP will also be of use when we examine BOOTP relay agents later in this chapter, and even when we discuss DHCP in the following chapters.

BOOTP Bootstrapping Procedure

The following are the basic steps performed by the client and server in a regular BOOTP bootstrapping procedure (see Figure 60-2).

Client Creates Request The client machine begins the procedure by creating a BOOTP request message. ...

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