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Linux Magazine: Network Nirvana [DHCP]

Jul 01, 2000, 20:43 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Mohr)

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"Tired of running around typing in all those IP and Ethernet addresses each time you add a user to your network? You need to use DHCP -- the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. We show you how to set up, troubleshoot, and secure a DHCP server."

"You know the drill. You've got a brand new machine to put on your network, so you go to the cube, poke around a bit, and then sit in front of the new machine and type. It's one of the most tedious jobs for any system administrator to have to perform: shuffling from machine to machine and keying in IP addresses, host names, and hardware addresses so that the new computer can talk to the network. You can speed things up with a configuration program like linuxconf or yast, but it is still a hassle to do this on every machine on your network. And when you change something on the network, you have to go through the process all over again."

"There are others out there who feel your pain. And the more industrious of them have figured out a way to lessen it. The pain-killer is called the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and thanks to the folks at the Internet Software Consortium, you can use it to plug-n-play client machines into your network and as-sign them IP addresses with basically no additional configuration effort on your part."

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