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Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (RFC2131)

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Original Publication Date: 1997-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13

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R. Droms: AUTHOR

Abstract

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) provides a framework for passing configuration information to hosts on a TCPIP network. DHCP is based on the Bootstrap Protocol (BOOTP) [7], adding the capability of automatic allocation of reusable network addresses and additional configuration options [19]. DHCP captures the behavior of BOOTP relay agents [7, 21], and DHCP participants can interoperate with BOOTP participants [9].

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Network Working Group R. Droms

Request for Comments: 2131 Bucknell University

Obsoletes: 1541 March 1997

Category: Standards Track

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

Status of this memo

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the

Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet

Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state

and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) provides a framework

for passing configuration information to hosts on a TCPIP network.

DHCP is based on the Bootstrap Protocol (BOOTP) [7], adding the

capability of automatic allocation of reusable network addresses and

additional configuration options [19]. DHCP captures the behavior of

BOOTP relay agents [7, 21], and DHCP participants can interoperate

with BOOTP participants [9].

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

1.1 Changes to RFC1541. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

1.2 Related Work. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

1.3 Problem definition and issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

1.4 Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

1.5 Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

1.6 Design goals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

2. Protocol Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

2.1 Configuration parameters repository . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

2.2 Dynamic allocation of network addresses . . . . . . . . . . . 12

3. The Client-Server Protocol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

3.1 Client-server interaction - allocating a network address. . . 13

3.2 Client-server interaction - reusing a previously allocated

network address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

3.3 Interpretation and representation of time values. . . . . . . 20

3.4 Obtaining parameters with externally configured network

address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

3.5 Client parameters in DHCP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

3.6 Use of DHCP in clients with multiple interfaces . . . . . . . 22

3.7 When clients should use DHCP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

4. Specification of the DHCP client-server protocol. . . . . . . 22

4.1 Constructing and sending DHCP messages. . . . . . . . ....