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III-3. HOST CONFIGURATION AND TCP/IP HOS... > 64. DHCP CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATIO...

Chapter 64. DHCP CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATION, FEATURES, AND IPV6 SUPPORT

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The preceding chapters in this part describe the fundamentals of the operation of DHCP: the address leasing system, configuration processes, and messaging. With this foundation in place, we can now proceed to look into some of the more interesting details of how DHCP is implemented. We can also delve into some of the extra capabilities and special features that change the basic DHCP mechanisms we have already studied.

In this chapter, I discuss DHCP client/server implementation issues, special features that enhance the protocol, and some of the problems and issues related to making DHCP work. I begin with a discussion of DHCP server and client implementation and management issues. I discuss DHCP message relaying and how it is related to the relaying feature used for the Boot Protocol (BOOTP). I describe the DHCP feature for providing automatic default addressing when a client cannot contact a server, and the conflict detection feature for multiple servers. I then cover some of the issues related to interoperability of DHCP and BOOTP, and provide an outline of some of the more important problems and issues related to DHCP security. I conclude with an ove....


  

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