Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a TCP/IP standard that reduces the complexity and administrative overhead of managing network client IP address configuration. Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server provides the DHCP service, which enables a computer to function as a DHCP server and configure DHCP-enabled client computers on your network. DHCP runs on a server computer, enabling the automatic, centralized management of IP addresses and other TCP/IP configuration settings for your network's client computers. The Microsoft DHCP service also provides integration with the Active Directory ™ directory service and Domain Name System (DNS) service, enhanced monitoring and statistical reporting for DHCP servers, vendor-specific options and user-class support, multicast address allocation, and rogue DHCP server detection.

In This Chapter

What Is DHCP?

DHCP Lease Process

Managing Scopes

Preventing Address Conflicts

Managing DHCP Options

Multicast DHCP

DHCP Database

Supporting BOOTP Clients

Planning for DHCP

DHCP Scenarios


  • For information about deploying DHCP with IP Security, see "Internet Protocol Security" in the Microsoft Windows   2000 Server Resource Kit TCP/IP Core Networking Guide .

  • For more information about DHCP options, see "DHCP Options" in this book.

  • For more information about DHCP message formats, see "DHCP Message Formats" in this book.

  • For more information about setting DHCP registry settings, see the "Technical Reference to the Windows 2000 Registry" (Regentry.chm) on the Windows 2000 Resource Kit CD.