Configuring a DHCP Server
Get to know more about DHCP server and how to configure a DHCP server
DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol and it is used for assigning an IP address for accessing the Internet. In the 1980s this was done manually but then the first TCP/IP protocol was introduced, which was termed as Bootstrap Protocol. This protocol was then extended to form DHCP which is used until now. DHCP assigns a dynamic IP address to each computer in the network. The available IP address from the subnet or pool is acquired and assigned to the computer. DHCP also extends the features of BOOTP by providing an IP address which expires after a certain period of time. This means that DHCP leases an identifier to a computer which can be used for the specific amount of time.
Here is more on DHCP server and ways to configure it:
- Importance of DHCP Server
- Configuring a DHCP Server
- Resolving Issues
Importance of DHCP Server
DHCP Server us used especially in large workgroups. If you are planning to create a network that contains more than 200 computers, then assigning an IP address, gateway, etc. manually will be an exhaustive task. Here is where a DHCP server comes into use. A DHCP server can provide dynamic IP address for each of the computer when they try to access the Internet. Hence a DHCP server is necessary to provide network settings to a large number of computers in a network.
Configuring a DHCP Server
A DHCP Server can be easily configured in a system which then can be used for assigning IP addresses to other systems in the network. For configuring a DHCP server, click on 'Start' menu and select 'Control Panel'. Open the 'Network Connections' and then double click on 'Local Area Connection'. Select 'Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)' and click on 'Properties'. Select the checkbox near 'Obtain an IP address automatically' and click 'OK'. The DHCP Server will be automatically configured when the system boots up and instructs the computer to automatically obtain an IP address from the DHCP server. Click 'OK' on 'Properties', and restart the computer to let the changes take effect.
DHCP Server sometimes end up with certain issues that result in disconnecting of the computer from the Internet. The most common case is when the computer is assigned an inappropriate IP address. This occurs when the computer fails to contact the DHCP Server and itself assigns an IP address. So the real issue is unable to contact DHCP Server. You can troubleshoot this problem by updating the driver of your NIC, plugging the patch cable properly into the NIC, or replacing the NIC with a new one.
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