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Hour 12. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

What You'll Learn in This Hour:

  • Dynamic address assignment

  • DHCP

  • Configuring DHCP

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) enables computers to receive TCP/IP configuration settings automatically. A DHCP server computer can configure a DHCP client with an IP address and a subnet mask. The DHCP client can also receive other settings from DHCP, such as IP addresses for the default gateway, DNS servers, and WINS server.

In this hour you will learn what DHCP is, how DHCP works, why it is important, and in what situations DHCP is most useful.

At the completion of this hour, you will be able to

  • Describe DHCP and the benefits it provides

  • Describe the process involved when a DHCP client leases an IP address

  • Explain what a DHCP scope is

  • Describe the process of configuring a DHCP server

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