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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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DHCP Address Assignment and Allocation Mechanisms

The two main functions of DHCP are to provide a mechanism for assigning addresses to hosts and to provide a method by which clients can request addresses and other configuration data from servers. Both functions are based on the ones implemented in DHCP's predecessor, BOOTP, but the changes are much more significant in the area of address assignment than they are in communication. It makes sense to start our look at DHCP here, since this will naturally lead us into a detailed discussion of defining characteristic of DHCP: dynamic addressing.

DHCP Address Allocation

Providing an IP address to a client is the most fundamental configuration task performed by a host configuration protocol. To provide ...

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