Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Windows XP Services - DHCP Client Service

DHCP Client Service

A dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) server manages the allocation of the IP or Internet protocol configurations to a device. DHCP makes the process of adding an additional device to a network automatically.

Microsoft Description:

Origins of the Protocol:
DHCP was first designed in 1993 as an extension of the bootstrap protocol. The initial intention for DHCP was to reclaim unused IP addresses. Later DHCP gained popularity and remained as the standard for IP-based networks.

Importance of DHCP Client Service

DHCP allows you  to manage the networks' IP addresses scopes and other TCP/IP settings like DNS, Default Gateway, etc. from a central place, this central place is called DHCP server.

This is how your computer gets a Dynamic IP address so that you can connect to the internet. If Internet Connection Sharing is enabled, you need DHCP Client. Also it is required for most DSL/Cable connections.

The primary benefit of a DHCP server is to allow a centralized location to manage the IP configurations of each client. The DHCP server manages all IP addresses defined in a scope; it leases the address, then reclaims the address when it's no longer in use. Without a DHCP server, administrators would have to manually configure the IP settings for all devices within a network.

Default Status: Automatic
Recommended: Automatic

Manages network configuration by registering and updating IP addresses and DNS names.


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