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Overview of DHCP

The role of DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is to provide reliable and consistent TCP/IP configuration information to clients on a network. Using a centralized database and an address lease arrangement, DHCP allocates IP addresses and other TCP/IP configuration data to clients. It does this so wasted addresses are kept to a minimum and duplicate IP addresses are prevented. The alternative to DHCP, static address configuration, is labor-intensive and not practical for larger networks.

New Features

Windows 2000 Server supports DHCP and offers a version of the service that has some enhancements over the Windows NT 4.0 implementation. The new features are as follows:


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