Sebastopol, CA--"DHCP can quickly become an essential piece of an
organization's data network. Once set up, DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration
Protocol) is usually hardly noticed, silently and faithfully performing its
duties, day in and day out," says Neall Alcott, author of the just-released
book DHCP for Windows
2000 (O'Reilly, US $34.95). "Unfortunately, the hardest thing about
DHCP is getting it to that point."
DHCP is an open standard Internet protocol used to allocate and manage IP
addresses dynamically. Before DHCP came along, administrators had to manually
configure each host on a network with an IP address, subnet mask, and default
gateway. Maintaining the changes and the associated logs took a tremendous
amount of time and was prone to error. DHCP uses a client/server model in which
the system updates and maintains the network information dynamically. Windows
2000 provides enhanced DHCP client-server support.
DHCP for Windows
2000 is written for system administrators who are responsible for
configuring and maintaining networks with Windows 2000 servers. It explains the
DHCP protocol and how to install and manage DHCP on both servers and
clients-including client platforms other than Windows 2000.
Readers get detailed and explicit instructions for using Windows 2000 DHCP
to manage their network IP configurations much more efficiently and
effectively. They get background information for using DHCP in general, plus
complete information about the Windows 2000 use of DHCP. For those
interested in what's on the horizon, the author steps up to the plate with an
analysis of the future direction of DHCP and Windows support for IPv6.
DHCP for Windows 2000:
Managing the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
By Neall Alcott
ISBN 1-56592-838-5, 288 pages, $34.95 (US)
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