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Chapter 24. Configuring Your Computer fo... > Using Dynamic Host Configuration Pro...

Using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol or Static Internet Protocol Configuration Information

Appendix A, “Introduction to TCP/IP,” discusses how being a part of a TCP/IP network requires, at a minimum, an IP address and subnet mask. If you are connecting your LAN to another network, such as the Internet, then you also will need the IP address of the default gateway, as well as the address of one or more domain name system (DNS) servers. Fortunately, dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) can automate the entire process so you don't have to enter all this information yourself.

For the most part, using DHCP is efficient. If you simply want to network a few computers and have either a Windows NT/2000 or .NET server machine to provide the DHCP service, you can configure your Windows XP computer to dynamically obtain its IP address from that service. The DHCP server takes over and automatically configures computers with addressing information each time they boot into the network.


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