DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is an open Internet standard used to allocate and manage IP addresses dynamically. DHCP for Windows 2000 provides detailed. information for system administrators who are using DHCP in homogeneous Windows 2000 or mixed-platform environments. Before the advent of DHCP, administrators configured each host on a network with an IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway. Maintaining the changes (and the associated logs) took a tremendous amount of time and was prone to error. DHCP uses a client/server model in which the network information is maintained and updated dynamically by the system.
Neall Alcott starts with an introduction to TCP/IP, RARP, and BOOTP, and then explains how DHCP works. He provides detailed and complete information for using the Windows 2000 implementation of DHCP. Topics include:
• Designing your DHCP infrastructure
• Configuring a DHCP server
• Configuring DHCP clients
• Using clusters for DHCP failover
• Integrating DHCP and DNS
• Monitoring and troubleshooting DHCP
• Looking ahead: IPv6 and DHCPv6
Whether you are an experienced network administrator or are just starting out, DHCP for Windows 2000 gives you the necessary information to manage and configure IP addresses effectively.