"If you are a small-business owner who wants to link Linux into
a pre-existing Windows network, then you might want to try to use
DHCP to get all of your machines talking to each other.
"DHCP allows an administrator to dynamically assign a network
address to clients that connect to that network. It's useful, for
example, with laptops that are used in several networks. DHCP is
also a vital tool on large networks where keeping track of all
addresses and configuring clients would otherwise be a major
"Because of its ease of use, DHCP is perfect for heterogeneous
networks, since DHCP clients' operating systems are transparent to
the network. In other word's the network does not care what kind of
machine--Linux, Windows, OS X--is using the network..."