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The Illustrated Network by Walter Goralski

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CHAPTER 18 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

What You Will Learn

In this chapter, you will learn how IP addresses are assigned in modern IP networks. You will learn how the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and related protocols, such as BOOTP, combine to allow IP addresses to be assigned to devices dynamically instead of by hand.

You will learn how users often struggle to find printers and servers whose IP addresses “jump around,” and you will learn means of dealing with this issue.

When TCP/IP first became popular, configuration was never trivial and often complex. Whereas many clients needed only a handful of parameters, servers often required long lists of values. Operating systems had quickly outgrown single floppies, and ...

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