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Lesson 3. Using Network Services > Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

DHCP is a protocol for dynamically configuring a host machine. While most people associate DHCP with receiving an IP address, the configuration information provided to a machine can be much more than an IP address. Typically DHCP provides IP address assignment along with a valid subnet mask, router, DNS server, and domain name. DHCP can provide other host configuration information, such as the default information for connecting to a NetInfo directory. Mac OS X Server also provides a convenient way to configure the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) information to be sent to a requesting computer.

The process of the server granting an address to the client is well documented. In the illustration below, the interaction occurs in the following order:


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