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Chapter 9.  Using and Troubleshooting TCP/IP > Configure TCP/IP automatically

9.1. Configure TCP/IP automatically

No other network protocol is as complex as TCP/IP in terms of configuration. Errors in configuration can cause problems ranging from inconsistent connections to complete lack of connectivity. Fortunately, you can simplify TCP/IP configuration by enabling the computer to obtain its configuration automatically. Not only does this eliminate the need to configure each client individually, but it also simplifies administration. Whenever you need to make a change in network configuration across the entire network, you simply change it at the server and restart the computers, which obtain the new settings.

You have two options for automatic TCP/IP configuration: DHCP and APIPA. The former requires a special server; the second does not but offers much less flexibility.


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