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Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

Further study

The latest version of DHCP core details is defined by Droms [RFC 2131]. Alexander and Droms [RFC 2132] address the DHCP options mechanism and define all currently known standard options, as well as how a new option should be registered.

Among interested issues addressed in these documents are detailed elaborations on the client-server interactions schematically presented in this project (including various aspects of both required and optional protocol features), how exactly the messages are constructed (which fields are filled and how), details of the server and client side configuration parameters storage organization (as well as other issues of both client and server design), more detailed technical issues on how DHCP and BOOTP interoperate and detailed descriptions of some minor DHCP message details and other protocol and implementation details not covered here.

The most important RFCs that are related to DHCP are listed in the References section, together with the Comer's book on TCP/IP.

The next major advance in the dynamic host configuration issue (currently not solved by DHCP) the Internet community awaits is dynamic configuration of the domain name system. Currently, if a host has a DNS name, it has to have a static IP address and hence a static DHCP reservation.

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