What is DHCP?
DHCP stands for "Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol".
Why do we use it?
DHCP's purpose is to enable individual computers on an IP network to extract their configurations from a server (the 'DHCP server'). These servers have been primed with your computers ethernet address and await a request for an IP. The overall purpose of this is to reduce the work necessary to administer a large IP network. We don't then need to manually change each of your computers network information each time we change or adjust our backbone.
Here is a guide to setting your Windows 95/98 machine to DHCP:
1. First right click on the Network Neighborhood icon on your desktop and click on Properties then click on the identification tab. The workgroup should read ECE and your computer name should be provided to you by an administrator.
2. If your computer DOES NOT have a Network Neighborhood icon on the desktop you need to take the following steps. First click on the Start button located on the bottom left corner of your screen. Then you need to select Settings and then Control Panel. After the window opens up you should double click on the Network icon. Click on the identification tab. The workgroup should read ECE and your computer name should be provided to you by an administrator. You can now continue with the steps below.
3. Next right click on the Configuration tab, highlight TCP/IP Protocol and click Properties.
4. Make sure that the button marked with Obtain an IP address automatically is checked. Then click on the DNS Configuration tab and make sure the Disable DNS button is checked.
5. Now click on the WINS Configuration tab and check the Use DHCP for WINS Resolution box .
6. Now click OK and your done.