Understanding the DHCP Design Process

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Due to the limitations of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), the most commonly used IP addressing standard, it is not possible to allocate IP addresses to all computers or devices on a permanent basis in most enterprise environments. Instead, a mechanism is required to allocate IP addresses to resources when they connect to the network, either at startup or physical connection time.

DHCP design consists of the following steps: