Providing a DHCP service for a routed network
Describe how a DHCP Server services non-Microsoft hosts.
Providing DHCP Service for Routed Network
A heterogeneous network may include non-Windows-based hosts that require dynamically allocated IP address and
option information. DHCP supports both non-Microsoft DHCP Clients and BOOTP clients. When IP addresses are issued, DHCP Clients retain the address for a lease period. BOOTP clients, as used in many diskless workstations,
do not support IP address leases.
In fact, the Microsoft DHCP Server supports virtually any type of DHCP Client. You can have NetWare, UNIX, and other operating systems running that support DHCP Client services, and the Windows 2000 DHCP Server will respond to their requests. However, other operating systems may not support all DHCP options configured on the Windows 2000 DHCP Server. This does not prevent the third-party
operating systems from obtaining basic IP addressing information, such as Default Gateway, IP address, and subnet mask information.
Note: The DHCP service in Windows 2000 supports any clients that are compliant with RFCs 951, 2131, and 2132. See the Resources page for these RFCs.
The MouseOver below provides some rules for providing
support to various DHCP Clients.