Howto setup and configure Windows Server 2003 DHCP server

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a set of rules used by communications devices such as a computer, router or network adapter to allow the device to request and obtain an IP address from a server which has a list of addresses available for assignment. The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a member of the TCP/IP suite and a protocol that is designed to save network administrators a lot of time and effort. A successful DHCP implementation can do just that.

This article explains setting up DHCP on tens, hundreds, and even thousands of computers can be daunting. Here’s how to do it easily with Windows Server 2003:

As you probably already know, every computer that communicates on a network does so via an IP (layer 4) address. The goal of DHCP is to provide a mechanism of automated address delivery, to give every computer its own IP address without an administrator having to type them all in manually. In small networks, this isn’t too big of an issue. However, in networks with tens, hundreds, and even thousands of computers, the task of IP address management is daunting. Luckily, Windows Server 2003 provides a means for us to implement DHCP with its own DHCP server service

Implementing and Understanding DHCP

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