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Meaning of DYNAMIC HOST CONFIGURATION PROTOCOL

 
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(DHCP) A protocol that provides a means to dynamically allocate ip addresses to computers on a local area network. The system administrator assigns a range of IP addresses to DHCP and each client computer on the LAN has its tcp/ip software configured to request an IP address from the DHCP server. The request and grant process uses a lease concept with a controllable time period.

DHCP is defined in rfc 2131.

microsoft introduced DHCP on their nt server with version 3.5 in late 1994.

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