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The DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is a network application protocol that automates the assignment of IP addresses and network parameters to DHCP-configured network devices (DHCP clients). When a DHCP client connects to a network, it sends a request to obtain an IP address and configuration information from the DHCP server. The DHCP server manages a pool of IP addresses and configuration information such as default gateway, domain name, and DNS server. Depending on the configuration, the DHCP server either assigns or denies an IP address to a client request. It also sends network configuration parameters to the client.

You can configure BloxOne DDI to provide DHCP service for IPv4. When a DHCP client requests an IP address, it sends a DHCPDISCOVER message to the router, which can act as a relay agent. The router forwards the message to the DHCP server. When the DHCP server receives the DHCPDISCOVER message, it determines the network segment to which the client belongs and assigns an IP address. The DHCP server then sends a DHCPOFFER message that includes the IP address and other network configuration information. When the router receives the DHCPOFFER message, it broadcasts the message to the client that sent the DHCPDISCOVER message.

The following checklist includes the major DHCP configuration steps you can accomplish through the Cloud Services Portal:


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