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1. How do you double-boot a Win 2003 server box?

The Boot.ini file is set as read-only, system, and hidden to prevent unwanted editing. To change the Boot.ini timeout
and default settings, use the System option in Control Panel from the Advanced tab and select Startup.

2. What do you do if earlier application doesn’t run on Windows Server 2003?

When an application that ran on an earlier legacy version of Windows cannot be loaded during the setup function or
if it later malfunctions, you must run the compatibility mode function. This is accomplished by right-clicking the
application or setup program and selecting Properties –> Compatibility –> selecting the previously supported
operating system.

3. If you uninstall Windows Server 2003, which operating systems can you revert to?

Win ME, Win 98, 2000, XP. Note, however, that you cannot upgrade from ME and 98 to Windows Server 2003.

4. How do you get to Internet Firewall settings?

Start –> Control Panel –> Network and Internet Connections –> Network Connections.

5. What are the Windows Server 2003 keyboard shortcuts?

Winkey opens or closes the Start menu. Winkey + BREAK displays the System Properties dialog box. Winkey + TAB
moves the focus to the next application in the taskbar. Winkey + SHIFT + TAB moves the focus to the previous
application in the taskbar. Winkey + B moves the focus to the notification area. Winkey + D shows the desktop.
Winkey + E opens Windows Explorer showing My Computer. Winkey + F opens the Search panel. Winkey + CTRL +
F opens the Search panel with Search for Computers module selected. Winkey + F1 opens Help. Winkey + M
minimizes all. Winkey + SHIFT+ M undoes minimization. Winkey + R opens Run dialog. Winkey + U opens the Utility
Manager. Winkey + L locks the computer.

6. What is Active Directory?

Active Directory is a network-based object store and service that locates and manages resources, and makes these
resources available to authorized users and groups. An underlying principle of the Active Directory is that everything
is considered an object—people, servers, workstations, printers, documents, and devices. Each object has certain
attributes and its own security access control list (ACL).

7. Where are the Windows NT Primary Domain Controller (PDC) and its Backup Domain Controller (BDC) in Server

The Active Directory replaces them. Now all domain controllers share a multimaster peer-to-peer read and write
relationship that hosts copies of the Active Directory.

8. How long does it take for security changes to be replicated among the domain controllers?

Security-related modifications are replicated within a site immediately. These changes include account and individual
user lockout policies, changes to password policies, changes to computer account passwords, and modifications to
the Local Security Authority (LSA).

9. What’s new in Windows Server 2003 regarding the DNS management?

When DC promotion occurs with an existing forest, the Active Directory Installation Wizard contacts an existing DC to
update the directory and replicate from the DC the required portions of the directory. If the wizard fails to locate a
DC, it performs debugging and reports what caused the failure and how to fix the problem. In order to be located on
a network, every DC must register in DNS DC locator DNS records. The Active Directory Installation Wizard verifies a
proper configuration of the DNS infrastructure. All DNS configuration debugging and reporting activity is done with
the Active Directory Installation Wizard.

10. When should you create a forest?

Organizations that operate on radically different bases may require separate trees with distinct namespaces. Unique
trade or brand names often give rise to separate DNS identities. Organizations merge or are acquired and naming
continuity is desired. Organizations form partnerships and joint ventures. While access to common resources is
desired, a separately defined tree can enforce more direct administrative and security restrictions.
11. How can you authenticate between forests?

Four types of authentication are used across forests: (1) Kerberos and NTLM network logon for remote access to a
server in another forest; (2) Kerberos and NTLM interactive logon for physical logon outside the user’s home forest;
(3) Kerberos delegation to N-tier application in another forest; and (4) user principal name (UPN) credentials.

1. Describe how the DHCP lease is obtained. It’s a four-step process consisting of (a) IP request, (b) IP
offer, © IP selection and (d) acknowledgement.
2. I can’t seem to access the Internet, don’t have any access to the corporate network and on
ipconfig my address is 169.254.*.*. What happened? The 169.254.*.* netmask is assigned to
Windows machines running 98/2000/XP if the DHCP server is not available. The name for the technology
is APIPA (Automatic Private Internet Protocol Addressing).

3. We’ve installed a new Windows-based DHCP server, however, the users do not seem to be
getting DHCP leases off of it. The server must be authorized first with the Active Directory.

4. How can you force the client to give up the dhcp lease if you have access to the client PC?
ipconfig /release

5. What authentication options do Windows 2000 Servers have for remote clients? PAP, SPAP,

6. What are the networking protocol options for the Windows clients if for some reason you do
not want to use TCP/IP? NWLink (Novell), NetBEUI, AppleTalk (Apple).

7. What is data link layer in the OSI reference model responsible for? Data link layer is located
above the physical layer, but below the network layer. Taking raw data bits and packaging them
into frames. The network layer will be responsible for addressing the frames, while the physical layer is
reponsible for retrieving and sending raw data bits.

8. What is binding order? The order by which the network protocols are used for client-server
communications. The most frequently used protocols should be at the top.

9. How do cryptography-based keys ensure the validity of data transferred across the network?
Each IP packet is assigned a checksum, so if the checksums do not match on both receiving and
transmitting ends, the data was modified or corrupted.

10. Should we deploy IPSEC-based security or certificate-based security? They are really two
different technologies. IPSec secures the TCP/IP communication and protects the integrity of the packets.
Certificate-based security ensures the validity of authenticated clients and servers.

11.What is LMHOSTS file? It’s a file stored on a host machine that is used to resolve NetBIOS to specific IP

12. What’s the difference between forward lookup and reverse lookup in DNS? Forward lookup is
name-to-address, the reverse lookup is address-to-name.

13. How can you recover a file encrypted using EFS? Use the domain recovery agent

Describe how the DHCP lease is obtained.

It’s a four-step process consisting of (a) IP request, (b) IP offer, © IP selection and (d) acknowledgement.

I can’t seem to access the Internet, don’t have any access to the corporate network and on ipconfig my address is
169.254.*.*. What happened?

The 169.254.*.* netmask is assigned to Windows machines running 98/2000/XP if the DHCP server is not available.
The name for the technology is APIPA (Automatic Private Internet Protocol Addressing).

We’ve installed a new Windows-based DHCP server, however, the users do not seem to be getting DHCP leases off
of it. The server must be authorized first with the Active Directory.
How can you force the client to give up the dhcp lease if you have access to the client PC?

ipconfig /release

What authentication options do Windows 2000 Servers have for remote clients?


What are the networking protocol options for the Windows clients if for some reason you do not want to use TCP/IP?

NWLink (Novell), NetBEUI, AppleTalk (Apple).

What is data link layer in the OSI reference model responsible for?

Data link layer is located above the physical layer, but below the network layer. Taking raw data bits and packaging
them into frames. The network layer will be responsible for addressing the frames, while the physical layer is
reponsible for retrieving and sending raw data bits.

What is binding order?

The order by which the network protocols are used for client-server communications. The most frequently used
protocols should be at the top.

How do cryptography-based keys ensure the validity of data transferred across the network?

Each IP packet is assigned a checksum, so if the checksums do not match on both receiving and transmitting ends,
the data was modified or corrupted.

Should we deploy IPSEC-based security or certificate-based security?

They are really two different technologies. IPSec secures the TCP/IP communication and protects the integrity of the
packets. Certificate-based security ensures the validity of authenticated clients and servers.

What is LMHOSTS file?

It’s a file stored on a host machine that is used to resolve NetBIOS to specific IP addresses.

What’s the difference between forward lookup and reverse lookup in DNS?

Forward lookup is name-to-address, the reverse lookup is address-to-name.

How can you recover a file encrypted using EFS?

Use the domain recovery agent.

1. How can you restrict running certain applications on a machine? Via group policy,
security settings for the group, then Software Restriction Policies.
2. You need to automatically install an app, but MSI file is not available. What do you
do? A .zap text file can be used to add applications using the Software Installer, rather
than the Windows Installer.
3. What’s the difference between Software Installer and Windows Installer? The
former has fewer privileges and will probably require user intervention. Plus, it uses .zap
4. What’s the difference between local, global and universal groups? Domain local
groups assign access permissions to global domain groups for local domain resources.
Global groups provide access to resources in other trusted domains. Universal groups
grant access to resources in all trusted domains.
5. I am trying to create a new universal user group. Why can’t I? Universal groups are
allowed only in native-mode Windows Server 2003 environments. Native mode requires
that all domain controllers be promoted to Windows Server 2003 Active Directory.
6. What snap-in administrative tools are available for Active Directory? Active
Directory Domains and Trusts Manager, Active Directory Sites and Services Manager,
Active Directory Users and Group Manager, Active Directory Replication (optional,
available from the Resource Kit), Active Directory Schema Manager (optional, available
from adminpak)
7. What types of classes exist in Windows Server 2003 Active Directory?
1. Structural class. The structural class is important to the system administrator in
that it is the only type from which new Active Directory objects are created.
Structural classes are developed from either the modification of an existing
structural type or the use of one or more abstract classes.

1. What’s the difference between local, global and universal groups? Domain local groups assign
access permissions to global domain groups for local domain resources. Global groups provide access to
resources in other trusted domains. Universal groups grant access to resources in all trusted domains.
2. I am trying to create a new universal user group. Why can’t I? Universal groups are allowed only in
native-mode Windows Server 2003 environments. Native mode requires that all domain controllers be
promoted to Windows Server 2003 Active Directory.

3. What is LSDOU? It’s group policy inheritance model, where the policies are applied to Local machines,
Sites, Domains and Organizational Units.

4. Why doesn’t LSDOU work under Windows NT? If the NTConfig.pol file exist, it has the highest
priority among the numerous policies.

5. Where are group policies stored? %SystemRoot%System32\GroupPolicy

6. What is GPT and GPC? Group policy template and group policy container.

7. Where is GPT stored? %SystemRoot%\SYSVOL\sysvol\domainname\Policies\GUID

8. You change the group policies, and now the computer and user settings are in conflict. Which
one has the highest priority? The computer settings take priority.
9. You want to set up remote installation procedure, but do not want the user to gain access
over it. What do you do? gponame–> User Configuration–> Windows Settings–> Remote Installation
Services–> Choice Options is your friend.

10. What’s contained in administrative template conf.adm? Microsoft NetMeeting policies

11.How can you restrict running certain applications on a machine? Via group policy, security
settings for the group, then Software Restriction Policies.

12. You need to automatically install an app, but MSI file is not available. What do you do? A
.zap text file can be used to add applications using the Software Installer, rather than the Windows

13. What’s the difference between Software Installer and Windows Installer? The former has
fewer privileges and will probably require user intervention. Plus, it uses .zap files.

14. What can be restricted on Windows Server 2003 that wasn’t there in previous products?
Group Policy in Windows Server 2003 determines a users right to modify network and dial-up TCP/IP
properties. Users may be selectively restricted from modifying their IP address and other network
configuration parameters.

15. How frequently is the client policy refreshed? 90 minutes give or take.

16. Where is secedit? It’s now gpupdate.

17. You want to create a new group policy but do not wish to inherit. Make sure you check Block
inheritance among the options when creating the policy.

18. What is "tattooing" the Registry? The user can view and modify user preferences that are not stored
in maintained portions of the Registry. If the group policy is removed or changed, the user preference will
persist in the Registry.

19. How do you fight tattooing in NT/2000 installations? You can’t.

20. How do you fight tattooing in 2003 installations? User Configuration - Administrative Templates -
System - Group Policy - enable - Enforce Show Policies Only.

21. What does IntelliMirror do? It helps to reconcile desktop settings, applications, and stored files for
users, particularly those who move between workstations or those who must periodically work offline.

22. What’s the major difference between FAT and NTFS on a local machine? FAT and FAT32
provide no security over locally logged-on users. Only native NTFS provides extensive permission control
on both remote and local files.

23. How do FAT and NTFS differ in approach to user shares? They don’t, both have support for

24. Explan the List Folder Contents permission on the folder in NTFS. Same as Read & Execute, but
not inherited by files within a folder. However, newly created subfolders will inherit this permission.

25. I have a file to which the user has access, but he has no folder permission to read it. Can he
access it? It is possible for a user to navigate to a file for which he does not have folder permission. This
involves simply knowing the path of the file object. Even if the user can’t drill down the file/folder tree
using My Computer, he can still gain access to the file using the Universal Naming Convention (UNC). The
best way to start would be to type the full path of a file into Run… window.

26. For a user in several groups, are Allow permissions restrictive or permissive? Permissive, if at
least one group has Allow permission for the file/folder, user will have the same permission.

27. For a user in several groups, are Deny permissions restrictive or permissive? Restrictive, if at
least one group has Deny permission for the file/folder, user will be denied access, regardless of other
group permissions.

28. What hidden shares exist on Windows Server 2003 installation? Admin$, Drive$, IPC$,
NETLOGON, print$ and SYSVOL.

29. What’s the difference between standalone and fault-tolerant DFS (Distributed File System)
installations? The standalone server stores the Dfs directory tree structure or topology locally. Thus, if a
shared folder is inaccessible or if the Dfs root server is down, users are left with no link to the shared
resources. A fault-tolerant root node stores the Dfs topology in the Active Directory, which is replicated to
other domain controllers. Thus, redundant root nodes may include multiple connections to the same data
residing in different shared folders.

30. We’re using the DFS fault-tolerant installation, but cannot access it from a Win98 box. Use
the UNC path, not client, only 2000 and 2003 clients can access Server 2003 fault-tolerant shares.

31. Where exactly do fault-tolerant DFS shares store information in Active Directory? In
Partition Knowledge Table, which is then replicated to other domain controllers.

32. Can you use Start->Search with DFS shares? Yes.

33. What problems can you have with DFS installed? Two users opening the redundant copies of the
file at the same time, with no file-locking involved in DFS, changing the contents and then saving. Only one
file will be propagated through DFS.

34. I run Microsoft Cluster Server and cannot install fault-tolerant DFS. Yeah, you can’t. Install a
standalone one.

35. Is Kerberos encryption symmetric or asymmetric? .

36. How does Windows 2003 Server try to prevent a middle-man attack on encrypted line? Time
stamp is attached to the initial client request, encrypted with the shared key.

37. What hashing algorithms are used in Windows 2003 Server? RSA Data Security’s Message
Digest 5 (MD5), produces a 128-bit hash, and the Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA-1), produces a 160-bit

38. What third-party certificate exchange protocols are used by Windows 2003 Server? Windows
Server 2003 uses the industry standard PKCS-10 certificate request and PKCS-7 certificate response to
exchange CA certificates with third-party certificate authorities.
39. What’s the number of permitted unsuccessful logons on Administrator account? Unlimited.
Remember, though, that it’s the Administrator account, not any account that’s part of the Administrators

40. If hashing is one-way function and Windows Server uses hashing for storing passwords,
how is it possible to attack the password lists, specifically the ones using NTLMv1? A cracker
would launch a dictionary attack by hashing every imaginable term used for password and then compare
the hashes.

41. What’s the difference between guest accounts in Server 2003 and other editions? More
restrictive in Windows Server 2003.

42. How many passwords by default are remembered when you check "Enforce Password
History Remembered"? User’s last 6 passwords.

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2) The main difference between 2003 and 2008 is Virtualization, management.

2008 has more inbuilt components and updated third party drivers Microsoft introduces new
feature with 2k8 that is Hyper-V Windows Server 2008 introduces Hyper-V (V for Virtualization)
but only on 64bit versions. More and more companies are seeing this as a way of reducing
hardware costs by running several 'virtual' servers on one physical machine. If you like this
exciting technology, make sure that you buy an edition of Windows Server 2008 that includes
Hyper-V, then launch the Server Manger, add Roles.

A. General
1. What is DHCP?

DHCP stands for "Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol".

2. What is DHCP's purpose?

DHCP's purpose is to enable individual computers on an IP network to extract

their configurations from a server (the 'DHCP server') or servers, in particular,
servers that have no exact information about the individual computers until they
request the information. The overall purpose of this is to reduce the work
necessary to administer a large IP network. The most significant piece of
information distributed in this manner is the IP address.

3. Can DHCP work with Appletalk or IPX?

No, it is too tied to IP. Furthermore, they don't need it since they have always had
automated mechanisms for assigning their own network addresses.

4. Who Created It? How Was It Created?

DHCP was created by the Dynamic Host Configuration Working Group of the
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF; a volunteer organization which defines
protocols for use on the Internet). As such, it's definition is recorded in an Internet
RFC and the Internet Activities Board (IAB) is asserting its status as to Internet
Standardization. As of this writing (June 1998), DHCP is an Internet Draft
Standard Protocol and is Elective. BOOTP is an Internet Draft Standard Protocol
and is Recommended. For more information on Internet standardization, see
RFC2300 (May 1998)

5. How is it different than BOOTP or RARP?

DHCP is based on BOOTP and maintains some backward compatibility. The main
difference is that BOOTP was designed for manual pre-configuration of the host
information in a server database, while DHCP allows for dynamic allocation of
network addresses and configurations to newly attached hosts. Additionally,
DHCP allows for recovery and reallocation of network addresses through a
leasing mechanism.

RARP is a protocol used by Sun and other vendors that allows a computer to find
out its own IP number, which is one of the protocol parameters typically passed to
the client system by DHCP or BOOTP. RARP doesn't support other parameters
and using it, a server can only serve a single LAN. DHCP and BOOTP are
designed so they can be routed.

6. How is it different than VLANs?

DHCP and VLANs, which are very different in concept, are sometimes cited as
different solutions to the same problem. While they have a goal in common
(easing moves of networked computers), VLANs represent a more revolutionary
change to a LAN than DHCP. A DHCP server and forwarding agents can allow
you to set things up so that you can unplug a client computer from one network or
subnet and plug it into another and have it come alive immediately, it having been
reconfigured automatically. In conjunction to Dynamic DNS, it could
automatically be given its same name in its new place. VLAN-capable LAN
equipment with dynamic VLAN assignment allows you to configure things so a
client computer can be plugged into any port and have the same IP number (as
well as name) and be on the same subnet. The VLAN-capable network either has
its own configuration that lists which MAC addresses are to belong to each
VLAN, or it makes the determination from the source IP address of the IP packets
that the client computer sends. Some differences in the two approaches:

 DHCP handles changes by reconfiguring the client while a VLAN-capable

network handles it by reconfiguring the network port the client is moved
 DHCP dynamic reconfiguration requires a DHCP server, forwarding agent
in each router, and DHCP capability in each client's TCP/IP support. The
analogous capability in VLANs requires that all hubs throughout the
network be VLAN-capable, supporting the same VLAN scheme. To this
point VLAN support is proprietary with no vendor interoperability, but
standards are being developed.
 DHCP can configure a new client computer for you while a VLAN-
capable network can't.
 DHCP is generally aimed at giving "easy moves" capability to networks
that are divided into subnets on a geographical basis, or on separate
networks. VLANs are generally aimed at allowing you to set up subnets
on some basis other than geographical, e.g. instead of putting everyone in
one office on the same subnet, putting each person on a subnet that has
access to the servers that that person requires.

There is an issue with trying to use DHCP (or BOOTP) and VLANs at the same
time, in particular, with the scheme by which the VLAN-capable network
determines the client's VLAN based upon the client computer's source IP address.
Doing so assumes the client computer is already configured, which precludes the
use of network to get the configuration information from a DHCP or BOOTP

7. What protocol and port does DHCP use?

DHCP, like BOOTP runs over UDP, utilizing ports 67 and 68.

8. What is an IP address?

An IP address (also called an IP number) is a number (typically written as four

numbers separated by periods, i.e. or which uniquely
identifies a computer that is making use of the Internet. It is analogous to your
telephone number in that the telephone number is used by the telephone network
to direct calls to you. The IP address is used by the Internet to direct data to your
computer, e.g. the data your web browser retrieves and displays when you surf the
net. One task of DHCP is to assist in the problem of getting a functional and
unique IP number into the hands of the computers that make use of the Internet.

9. What is a MAC address?

A MAC address (also called an Ethernet address or an IEEE MAC address) is a

number (typically written as twelve hexadecimal digits, 0 through 9 and A
through F, or as six hexadecimal numbers separated by periods or colons, i.e.
0080002012ef, 0:80:0:2:20:ef) which uniquely identifes a computer that has an
Ethernet interface. Unlike the IP number, it includes no indication of where your
computer is located. In DHCP's typical use, the server uses a requesting
computer's MAC address to uniquely identify it.

10. What is a DHCP lease?

A DHCP lease is the amount of time that the DHCP server grants to the DHCP
client permission to use a particular IP address. A typical server allows its
administrator to set the lease time.

11. What is a Client ID?

What is termed the Client ID for the purposes of the DHCP protocol is whatever
is used by the protocol to identify the client computer. By default, DHCP
implementations typically employ the client's MAC address for this purpose, but
the DHCP protocol allows other options. Some DHCP implementations have a
setup option to specify the client ID you want. One alternative to the MAC
address is simply a character string of your choice. In any case, in order for DHCP
to function, you must be certain that no other client is using the client ID you
choose, and you must be sure the DHCP server will accept it.

12. Why shouldn't clients assign IP numbers without the use of a server?

It is theoretically possible to develop software for client-machines that finds an

unused address by picking them out of the blue and broadcasting a request of all
the other client machines to see if they are using them. Appletalk is designed
around this idea, and Apple's MacTCP can be configured to do this for IP.
However, this method of IP address assignment has disadvantages.

1. A computer that needs a permanently-assigned IP number might be

turned off and lose its number to a machine coming up. This has problems
both for finding services and for security.
2. A network might be temporarily divided into two non-
communicating networks while a network component is not functioning.
During this time, two different client-machines might end up claiming the
same IP number. When the network comes back, they start
3. If such dynamic assignment is to be confined to ranges of IP
addresses, then the ranges are configured in each desktop machine rather
than being centrally administered. This can lead both to hidden
configuration errors and to difficulty in changing the range. Another
problem with the use of such ranges is keeping it easy to move a computer
from one subnet to another.
2. Can DHCP support statically defined addresses?

Yes. At least there is nothing in the protocol to preclude this and one expects it to
be a feature of any DHCP server. This is really a server matter and the client
should work either way. The RFC refers to this as manual allocation.

3. How does DHCP and BOOTP handle multiple subnets?

For the situations where there is more than one LAN, each with its own subnet
number, there are two ways. First of all, you can set up a seperate server on each
subnet. Secondly, a feature of some routers known as "BOOTP forwarding" to
forward DHCP or BOOTP requests to a server on another subnet and to forward
the replies back to the client. The part of such a router (or server acting as a
router) that does this is called a "BOOTP forwarding agent". Typically you have
to enable it on the interface to the subnet to be served and have to configure it
with the IP address of the DHCP or BOOTP server. On a Cisco router, the address
is known as the "UDP Helper Address".

4. Can a BOOTP client boot from a DHCP server?

Only if the DHCP server is specifically written to also handle BOOTP queries.

5. Can a DHCP client boot from a BOOTP server?

Only if the DHCP client were specifically written to make use of the answer from
a BOOTP server. It would presumably treat a BOOTP reply as an unending lease
on the IP address.

In particular, the TCP/IP stack included with Windows 95 does not have this

6. Is a DHCP server "supposed to" be able to support a BOOTP client?

The RFC on such interoperability (1534) is clear: "In summary, a DHCP server: ...
MAY support BOOTP clients," (section 2). The word "MAY" indicates such
support, however useful, is left as an option.

A source of confusion on this point is the following statement in section 1.5 of

RFC 1541: "DHCP must provide service to existing BOOTP clients." However,
this statement is one in a list of "general design goals for DHCP", i.e. what the
designers of the DHCP protocol set as their own goals. It is not in a list of
requirements for DHCP servers.

7. Is a DHCP client "supposed to" be able to use a BOOTP server?

The RFC on such interoperability (1534) is clear: "A DHCP client MAY use a
reply from a BOOTP server if the configuration returned from the BOOTP server
is acceptable to the DHCP client." (section 3). The word "MAY" indicates such
support, however useful, is left as an option.

8. Can a DHCP client or server make a DNS server update the client's DNS entry to
match the client's dynamically assigned address?
RFCs 2136 and 2137 indicate a way in which DNS entries can be updated
dynamically. Using this requires a DNS server that supports this feature and a
DHCP server that makes use of it. The RFCs are very recent (as of 5/97) and
implementations are few. In the mean time, there are DNS and DHCP servers that
accomplish this through proprietary means.

9. Can a DHCP server back up another DHCP server?

You can have two or more servers handing out leases for different addresses. If
each has a dynamic pool accessible to the same clients, then even if one server is
down, one of those clients can lease an address from the other server.

However, without communication between the two servers to share their

information on current leases, when one server is down, any client with a lease
from it will not be able to renew their lease with the other server. Such
communication is the purpose of the "server to server protocol" (see next
question). It is possible that some server vendors have addressed this issue with
their own proprietary server-to-server communication.

10. When will the server to server protocol be defined?

The DHC WG of the IETF is actively investigating the issues in inter-server

communication. The protocol should be defined "soon".

11. Is there a DHCP mailing list?

There are several:

List Purpose
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dhcp-v4@bucknell.edu General discussion: a good list
server administrators.
dhcp-bake@bucknell.edu DHCP bakeoffs
dhcp-impl@bucknell.edu Implementations
dhcp-serve@bucknell.edu Server to server protocol
dhcp-dns@bucknell.edu DNS-DHCP issues
dhcp-v6@bucknell.edu DHCP for IPv6

The lists are run by listserv@bucknell.edu which can be used to subscribe and
sign off. Archives for the dhcp-v4 list (which used to be called the host-conf list)
are stored at ftp://ftp.bucknell.edu/pub/dhcp/.

12. In a subnetted environment, how does the DHCP server discover what subnet a
request has come from?
DHCP client messages are sent to off-net servers by DHCP relay agents, which
are often a part of an IP router. The DHCP relay agent records the subnet from
which the message was received in the DHCP message header for use by the
DHCP server.

Note: a DHCP relay agent is the same thing as a BOOTP relay agent, and
technically speaking, the latter phrase is correct.

13. If a single LAN has more than one subnet number, how can addresses be served
on subnets other than the primary one?

A single LAN might have more than one subnet number applicable to the same set
of ports (broadcast domain). Typically, one subnet is designated as primary, the
others as secondary. A site may find it necessary to support addresses on more
than one subnet number associated with a single interface. DHCP's scheme for
handling this is that the server has to be configured with the necessary
information and has to support such configuration & allocation. Here are four
cases a server might have to handle:

1. Dynamic allocation supported on secondary subnet numbers on the

LAN to which the server is attached.
2. Dynamic allocation supported on secondary subnet numbers on a
LAN which is handled through a DHCP/BOOTP Relay. In this case, the
DHCP/BOOTP Relay sends the server a gateway address associated with
the primary subnet and the server must know what to do with it.

The other two cases are the same capabilities during manual allocation. It is
possible that a particular server-implementation can handle some of these cases,
but not all of them. See section below listing the capabilities of some servers.

14. If a physical LAN has more than one logical subnet, how can different groups of
clients be allocated addresses on different subnets?

One way to do this is to preconfigure each client with information about what
group it belongs to. A DHCP feature designed for this is the user class option. To
do this, the client software must allow the user class option to be preconfigured
and the server software must support its use to control which pool a client's
address is allocated from.

15. Where is DHCP defined?

In Internet RFCs.

RFC 2131
R. Droms, "Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol", 3/97. Supersedes RFC 1541 and
RFC 1531. [Note that some of the references in this FAQ are to RFC 1541: I'll update
them when I get a chance. -- Author]
RFC 1534
R. Droms, "Interoperation Between DHCP and BOOTP", 10/08/1993.
RFC 2132
S. Alexander, R. Droms, "DHCP Options and BOOTP Vendor Extensions", 3/97.
Supersedes RFC 1533.

Some websites with copies of RFCs:


16. What other sources of information are available?

See the dhcp-v4 mailing list mentioned above as well as its archives.

DHCP - Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

Problems and Solutions of DHCP: Experiences with DHCP implementation and
A. Tominaga, O. Nakamura, F. Teraoka, J. Murai.
DHCP Resources
Alan Dobkin. http://NWS.CC.Emory.Edu/WebStaff/Alan/Net-Man/Computing/DHCP/
DHCP Reading Room
Eric Hall. http://www.ehsco.com/reading/dhcp.html
Internet Drafts
Internet drafts are works in progress intended to update the current RFCs or specify
additional functionality, and sometimes there is one or more draft related to DHCP. All
Internet Drafts are available from various sites: the US East Cost site is
ftp://ds.internic.net/internet-drafts/; a web site is http://ds.internic.net/ds/dsintdrafts.html.
The DHCP-related drafts currently have filenames of the form "draft-ietf-dhc-
SOMETHING". These DHCP-related drafts are also stored at
ftp://ftp.bucknell.edu/pub/dhcp/, and are available through
http://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~droms/dhcp/. I cannot be more specific about the
documents because they are by their nature temporary.
"DHCP Clients: Do They Really Work?"
Eric Hall. Network Computing, Vol. 7, No. 7, May 1, 1996, pp. 114-120. Reviews DHCP-
client-function of some popular Windows IP stacks.
"The Heaven And Hell Of DHCP Servers"
Eric Hall. Network Computing, Vol. 7, No. 8, May 15, 1996, pp. 118-121. Reviews DHCP
servers. http://www.ehsco.com/reading/19960515ncw1.html
17. Can DHCP support remote access?
PPP has its own non-DHCP way in which communications servers can hand
clients an IP address called IPCP (IP Control Protocol) but doesn't have the same
flexibility as DHCP or BOOTP in handing out other parameters. Such a
communications server may support the use of DHCP to acquire the IP addresses
it gives out. This is sometimes called doing DHCP by proxy for the client. I know
that Windows NT's remote access support does this.

A feature of DHCP under development (DHCPinform) is a method by which a

DHCP server can supply parameters to a client that already has an IP number.
With this, a PPP client could get its IP number using IPCP, then get the rest of its
parameters using this feature of DHCP.

SLIP has no standard way in which a server can hand a client an IP address, but
many communications servers support non-standard ways of doing this that can
be utilized by scripts, etc. Thus, like communications servers supporting PPP,
such communications servers could also support the use of DHCP to acquire the
IP addressees to give out.

The DHCP protocol is capable of allocating an IP address to a device without an

IEEE-style MAC address, such as a computer attached through SLIP or PPP, but
to do so, it makes use of a feature which may or may not be supported by the
DHCP server: the ability of the server to use something other than the MAC
address to identify the client. Communications servers that acquire IP numbers for
their clients via DHCP run into the same roadblock in that they have just one
MAC address, but need to acquire more than one IP address. One way such a
communications server can get around this problem is through the use of a set of
unique pseudo-MAC addresses for the purposes of its communications with the
DHCP server. Another way (used by Shiva) is to use a different "client ID type"
for your hardware address. Client ID type 1 means you're using MAC addresses.
However, client ID type 0 means an ASCII string.

18. Can a client have a home address and still float?

There is nothing in the protocol to keep a client that already has a leased or
permanent IP number from getting a(nother) lease on a temporary basis on
another subnet (i.e., for that laptop which is almost always in one office, but
occasionally is plugged in in a conference room or class room). Thus it is left to
the server implementation to support such a feature. I've heard that Microsoft's
NT-based server can do it.

19. How can I relay DHCP if my router does not support it?

A server on a net(subnet) can relay DHCP or BOOTP for that net. Microsoft has
software to make Windows NT do this.

20. How do I migrate my site from BOOTP to DHCP?

I don't have an answer for this, but will offer a little discussion. The answer
depends a lot on what BOOTP server you are using and how you are maintaining
it. If you depend heavily on BOOTP server software to support your existing
clients, then the demand to support clients that support DHCP but not BOOTP
presents you with problems. In general, you are faced with the choice:

1. Find a server that is administered like your BOOTP server only

that also serves DHCP. For example, one popular BOOTP server, the
CMU server, has been patched so that it will answer DHCP queries.
2. Run both a DHCP and a BOOTP server. It would be good if I
could find out the gotcha's of such a setup.
3. Adapt your site's administration to one of the available
DHCP/BOOTP servers.
4. Handle the non-BOOTP clients specially, e.g. turn off DHCP and
configure them statically: not a good solution, but certainly one that can be
done to handle the first few non-BOOTP clients at your site.
21. Can you limit which MAC addresses are allowed to roam?

Sites may choose to require central pre-configuration for all computers that will
be able to acquire a dynamic address. A DHCP server could be designed to
implement such a requirement, presumably as an option to the server
administrator. See section below on servers that implement this.

22. Is there an SNMP MIB for DHCP?

There is no standard MIB; creating one is on the list of possible activities of the
DHCP working group. It is possible that some servers implement private MIBs.

23. What is DHCP Spoofing?

Ascend Pipeline ISDN routers (which attach Ethernets to ISDN lines) incorporate
a feature that Ascend calls "DHCP spoofing" which is essentially a tiny server
implementation that hands an IP address to a connecting Windows 95 computer,
with the intention of giving it an IP number during its connection process.

24. How long should a lease be?

I've asked sites about this and have heard answers ranging from 15 minutes to a
year. Most administrators will say it depends upon your goals, your site's usage
patterns, and service arrangements for your DHCP server.

A very relevant factor is that the client starts trying to renew the lease when it is
halfway through: thus, for example, with a 4 day lease, the client which has lost
access to its DHCP server has 2 days from when it first tries to renew the lease
until the lease expires and the client must stop using the network. During a 2-day
outage, new users cannot get new leases, but no lease will expire for any
computer turned on at the time that the outage commences.

Another factor is that the longer the lease the longer time it takes for client
configuration changes controlled by DHCP to propogate.

Some relevant questions in deciding on a lease time:

Do you have more users than addresses?

If so, you want to keep the lease time short so people don't end up sitting on leases.
Naturally, there are degrees. In this situation, I've heard examples cited of 15 minutes, 2
hours, and 2 days. Naturally, if you know you will have 20 users using 10 addresses in
within a day, a 2 day lease is not practical.
Are you supporting mobile users?
If so, you may be in the situation of having more users than addresses on some particular
IP number range. See above.
Do you have a typical or minimum amount of time that you are trying to support?
If your typical user is on for an hour at minimum, that suggest a hour lease at minimum.
How many clients do you have and how fast are the communications lines over
which the DHCP packets will be run?
The shorter the lease, the higher the server and network load. In general, a lease of at
least 2 hours is long enough that the load of even thousands of clients is negligible. For
shorter leases, there may be a point beyond which you will want to watch the load. Note
that if you have a communication line down for a long enough time for the leases to
expire, you might see an unusually high load it returns. If the lease-time is at least double
the communication line outage, this is avoided.
How long would it take to bring back up the DHCP server, and to what extent can
your users live without it?
If the lease time is at least double the server outage, then running clients who already
have leases will not lose them. If you have a good idea of your longest likely server
outage, you can avoid such problems. For example, if your server-coverage is likely to
recover the server within three hours at any time that clients are using their addresses,
then a six hour lease will handle such an outage. If you might have a server go down on
Friday right after work and may need all Monday's work-day to fix it, then your
maximum outage time is 3 days and a 6-day lease will handle it.
Do you have users who want to tell other users about their IP number?
If your users are setting up their own web servers and telling people how to get to them
either by telling people the IP number or through a permanent DNS entry, then they are
looking for an IP number that won't be changing. While some sites would manually
allocate any address that people expected to remain stable, other sites want to use
DHCP's ability to automate distribution of relatively permanent addresses. The relevant
time is the maximum amount of time that you wish to allow the user to keep their
machine turned off yet keep their address. For example, in a university, if students might
have their computers turned off for as long as three weeks between semesters, and you
wish them to keep their IP address, then a lease of six weeks or longer would suffice.
Some examples of lease-times that sites have used & their rationals:

15 minutes
To keep the maximum number of addresses free for distribution in cases where there will
be more users than addresses.
6 hours
Long enough to allow the DHCP server to be fixed, e.g. 3 hours.
12 hours
If you need to take back an address, then you know that it will only take one night for the
users' lease to expire.
3 days
This is apparently Microsoft's default, thus many sites use it.
6 days
Long enough that a weekend server outage that gets fixed on Monday will not result in
leases terminating.
4 months
Long enough that students can keep their IP address over the summer hiatus. I believe
this rational is workable if the summer hiatus is no more than 2 months.
One year
If a user has not used their address in six months, then they are likely to be gone. Allows
administrator to recover those addresses after someone has moved on.
25. How can I control which clients get leases from my server?

There is no ideal answer: you have to give something up or do some extra work.

 You can put all your clients on a subnet of your own along with your own
DHCP server.
 You can use manual allocation.
 Perhaps you can find DHCP server software that allows you to list which
MAC addresses the server will accept. DHCP servers that support roaming
machines may be adapted to such use.
 You can use the user class option assuming your clients and server support
it: it will require you to configure each of your clients with a user class
name. You still depend upon the other clients to respect your wishes.
2. How can I prevent unauthorized laptops from using a network that uses DHCP for
dynamic addressing?

This would have to be done using a mechanism other than DHCP. DHCP does not
prevent other clients from using the addresses it is set to hand out nor can it
distinguish between a computer's permanent MAC address and one set by the
computer's user. DHCP can impose no restrictions on what IP address can use a
particular port nor control the IP address used by any client.

3. What are the Gotcha's?

 A malicious user could make trouble by putting up an unofficial DHCP
 The immediate problem would be a server passing out numbers
already belonging to some computer yielding the potential for two
or more "innocent bystander" nodes ending up with the same IP
number. Net result is problems using the nodes, possibly
intermittent of one or the other is sometimes turned off.
 A lot of problems are possible if a renegade server manages to get
a client to accept its lease offering, and feeds the client its own
version of other booting parameters. One scenario is a client that
loads its OS over the network via tftp being directed to a different
file (possibly on a different server), thus allowing the perpetrator to
take over the client. Given that boot parameters are often made to
control many different things about the computers' operation and
communication, many other scenarios are just as serious.

Note that BOOTP has the same vulnerabilities.

 The "broadcast flag": DHCP includes a way in which client

implementations unable to receive a packet with a specific IP address can
ask the server or relay agent to use the broadcast IP address in the replies
(a "flag" set by the client in the requests). The definition of DHCP states
that implementations "should" honor this flag, but it doesn't say they
"must". Some Microsoft TCP/IP implementations used this flag, which
meant in practical terms, relay agents and servers had to implement it. A
number of BOOTP-relay-agent implementations (e.g. in routers) handled
DHCP just fine except for the need for this feature, thus they announced
new versions stated to handle DHCP.
 Some of the virtual LAN schemes, i.e., those that use the packet's IP
number to decide which "virtual LAN" a client-computer is on for the
purposes of TCP/IP, don't work when using DHCP to dynamically assign
addresses. DHCP servers and relay agents use their knowledge of what
LAN the client-station is on to select the subnet number for the client-
station's new IP address whereas such switches use the subnet number sent
by the client-station to decide which (virtual) LAN to put the station on.
 Routers are sometimes configured so that one LAN on one port has
multiple network (or subnet) numbers. When the router is relaying
requests from such a LAN to the DHCP server, it must pass along as IP
number that is associated with one of the network (or subnet) numbers.
The only way the DHCP server can allocate addresses on one of the LAN's
other network (or subnet) numbers is if the DHCP server is specifically
written to have a feature to handle such cases, and it has a configuration
describing the situation.
 The knowledge that a particular IP number is associated with a particular
node is often used for various functions. Examples are: for security
purposes, for network management, and even for identifying resources.
Furthermore, if the DNS's names are going to identify IP numbers, the
numbers, the IP numbers have to be stable. Dynamic configuration of the
IP numbers undercuts such methods. For this reason, some sites try to
keep the continued use of dynamically allocatable IP numbers to a
 With two or more servers serving a LAN, clients that are moved around
(e.g. mobile clients) can end up with redundant leases. Consider a home
site with two DHCP servers, a remote site with DHCP services, and a
mobile client. The client first connects to the home site and receives an
address from one of the two serves. He/she then travels to the remote site
(without releasing the lease at the home site) and attempts to use the
acquired address. It is of course NAK'ed and the client receives an address
appropriate for the remote site. The client then returns home and tries to
use the address from the remote site. It is NAK'ed but now the client
broadcasts a DHCPDISCOVER to get a address. The server that holds the
previous lease will offer the address back to the client but there is no
guarantee that the client will accept that address; consequently, it is
possible for the client to acquire an address on the other server and
therefore have two leases within the site. The problem can be solved by
using only one server per subnet/site and can be mitigated by short lease
lengths. But in a very mobile environment, it is possible for these transient
clients to consume more than their fair share of addresses.
 If departments, offices, or individuals run DHCP servers with their own
small address pools on LANs shared by other departments, offices, or
individuals, they can find that their addresses are being used by anyone on
the LAN that happens to set their IP configuration to use DHCP.
 An easy mistake to make in setting up a DHCP server is to fail to set all
the necessary global parameters. This can result in some functions
working while others are not, or functions working when the client is set
up manually, but failing to work when set to use DHCP.
 Long leases can be disadvantageous in cases where you need to change a
configuration parameter or withdraw an address from use. The length of
the lease can mean the difference between having to go to every affected
client and rebooting it, or merely waiting a certain amount of time for the
leases to be renewed. (Note: one workaround is to fool with the client
computer's clock).

B. Info on Implementations
4. What features or restrictions can a DHCP server have?

While the DHCP server protocol is designed to support dynamic management of

IP addresses, there is nothing to stop someone from implementing a server that
uses the DHCP protocol, but does not provide that kind of support. In particular,
the maintainer of a BOOTP server-implementation might find it helpful to
enhance their BOOTP server to allow DHCP clients that cannot speak "BOOTP"
to retrieve statically defined addresses via DHCP. The following terminology has
become common to describe three kinds of IP address allocation/management.
These are independent "features": a particular server can offer or not offer any of

 Manual allocation: the server's administrator creates a configuration for

the server that includes the MAC address and IP address of each DHCP
client that will be able to get an address: functionally equivalent to
BOOTP though the protocol is incompatible.
 Automatic allocation: the server's administrator creates a configuration for
the server that includes only IP addresses, which it gives out to clients. An
IP address, once associated with a MAC address, is permanently
associated with it until the server's administrator intervenes.
 Dynamic allocation: like automatic allocation except that the server will
track leases and give IP addresses whose lease has expired to other DHCP

Other features which a DHCP server may or may not have:

 Support for BOOTP clients.

 Support for the broadcast bit.
 Administrator-settable lease times.
 Administrator-settable lease times on manually allocated addresses.
 Ability to limit what MAC addresses will be served with dynamic
 Allows administrator to configure additional DHCP option-types.
 Interaction with a DNS server. Note that there are a number of interactions
that one might support and that a standard set & method is in the works.
 Interaction with some other type of name server, e.g. NIS.
 Allows manual allocation of two or more alternative IP numbers to a
single MAC address, whose use depends upon the gateway address
through which the request is relayed.
 Ability to define the pool/pools of addresses that can be allocated
dynamically. This is pretty obvious, though someone might have a server
that forces the pool to be a whole subnet or network. Ideally, the server
does not force such a pool to consist of contiguous IP addresses.
 Ability to associate two or more dynamic address pools on separate IP
networks (or subnets) with a single gateway address. This is the basic
support for "secondary nets", e.g. a router that is acting as a BOOTP relay
for an interface which has addresses for more than one IP network or
 Ability to configure groups of clients based upon client-supplied user
and/or vendor class. Note: this is a feature that might be used to assign
different client-groups on the same physical LAN to different logical
 Administrator-settable T1/T2 lengths.
 Interaction with another DHCP server. Note that there are a number of
interactions that one might support and that a standard set & method is in
the works.
 Use of PING (ICMP Echo Request) to check an address prior to
dynamically allocating it.
 Server grace period on lease times.
 Ability to force client(s) to get a new address rather than renew.

Following are some features related not to the functions that the server is capable
of carrying out, but to the way that it is administered.

 Ability to import files listing manually allocated addresses (as opposed to

a system which requires you to type the entire configuration into its own
input utility). Even better is the ability to make the server do this via a
command that can be used in a script, rdist, rsh, etc.
 Graphical administration.
 Central administration of multiple servers.
 Ability to import data in the format of legacy configurations, e.g.
/etc/bootptab as used by the CMU BOOTP daemon.
 Ability to make changes while the server is running and leases are being
tracked, i.e. add or take away addressees from a pool, modify parameters.
 Ability to make global modifications to parameters, i.e., that apply to all
entries; or ability to make modifications to groups of ports or pools.
 Maintenance of a lease audit trail, i.e. a log of the leases granted.
5. What freeware DHCP servers are available?

(This is not necessarily a complete list)

950415 Bootp server:

Bootp 2.4.3 (not DHCP, but with the "DHCP patches" mentioned
below, can handle DHCP requests)
950425 Bootp server version 2.4.3 with "samba" DHCP patches
(does manual allocation of IP addresses)
(within http://www.sghms.ac.uk/~mpreston/tools.htm)
950706 "samba" DHCP patches for bootp server:
(does manual allocation of IP addresses)
(note: I've heard that the patched server will crash if it
one particular optional packet, the DHCP Release packet)
950711 Patched bootp server supporting DHCP-based "automatic"
(gives addresses dynamically, but never takes them away)
951219 BOOTP server and patches for DHCP
960112 OS/2 port of BOOTP server with patches for manual DHCP
960130 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology "Mondo-DB" LAN
project: modified DHCP server planned
950630 WIDE Project:
WIDE Project
Keio Univ.
Check Archie for dhcp-1.2.1 because lots of sites distribute it.
Beta version:
960312 Carnegie Mellon University DHCP/BOOTP server (SunOS, dhcp-
961104 Princeton patches to CMU dhcpd 3.7.7.
971204 Internet Software Consortium (ISC) DHCP/BOOTP Server

6. What commercial DHCP servers are available?

(This is not necessarily a complete list)

951010 Wollongong: included in next release of PathWay for OpenVMS

which is in
951219 Puzzle Systems: WEBserv (NLM(s) that do DHCP, BOOTP, HTTP,
and FTP)
951220 Process Software: server for OpenVMS included in TCPware
for OpenVMS
960130 Digital: RoamAbout Mobile IP Client/Server Network Software
960312 Nevod Inc. Proxy IP/DHCP Server (PIP) Beta-1.0
960327 Xedia: IP/Assist 1.0 feature for their switches includes
DHCP service.
960420 Competitive Automation's JOIN (415-321-4006): SunOS4.x,
Digital Unix 3.2, 4.x, HP-UX 9 & 10 DHCP/BOOTP servers.
960514 SunSoft: Solstice SolarNet PC-Admin 1.5 includes a
DHCP/BOOTP server.
960514 Microsoft: DHCP server included in Windows NT Server 3.51
960514 ON Technology: IPTrack 1.0 is a Novell Server-based
960514 FTP Software: OnNet Server 2.0 (Services OnNet Product)
960531 Cisco: server in development.
960620 Farallon: a DHCP server is built into its Netopia Internet
960716 Weird Solutions: BOOTP Server NT supports both BOOTP and
allocated DHCP.
960808 Novell: NetWare/IP 2.2 (free upgrade to NetWare servers)
includes a DHCP/BOOTP server; unlike NetWare/IP 2.2 itself,
server will run on NetWare 3.12.
960809 Silicon Graphics: 'proclaim' software for SGI workstations;
of IRIXpro.

960829 Isotro: NetID DHCP Server (BOOTP/DHCP server)
(No longer available from Isotro)
960912 Cisco: (announced) DHCP/BOOTP server for Solaris, HP-UX,
AIX, Windows NT (Alpha & Intel) included in Cisco's
Manager V1.0 and Cisco's Server Suite 1000 V1.0
960917 SunSoft: (future) DHCP/BOOTP server to be bundled with
Solaris 2.6
or as hte "Internet Server Supplement" to Solaris 2.5.1.
961118 Network TeleSystems: Shadow (PC-based) also does BOOTP
961217 Hewlett-Packard: HP-UX 10.10 and subsequent versions
include a bootp
server with DHCP extensions.
970325 American Internet Corp: Net Registrar (for Windows NT and
970403 Microsoft: BOOTP/DHCP server in NT 4.0 SP2.
970415 VICOM: VICOM DHCP Server (runs on Macintosh/MacOS)
970415 Sonic Systems: Sonic DHCP Internet Server runs on
also does BOOTP
970805 Process Software: MultiNet 3.5 for OpenVMS includes
DHCP/BOOTP server.
971217 Quadritek Systems, Inc.: QDHCP (NT or UNIX), also does
980518 Billiter Consultants: ipLease DHCP server (32bit Windows)
980331 Deerfield Communications: DHCP server included in Wingate
Pro (2.1b) "proxy server"
980603 IBM OS/400 Version 3 Release 7 and subsequent versions
a DHCP/BOOTP server.
980611 Bay (Xylogics) Remote Annex (RA) and Remote Access
(RAC) communication servers have proxy DHCP client since
13.2, December 1995.
980612 IBM: DHCP server included in AIX 4.1.4 and beyond.
BOOTP service.
980612 IBM: TCP/IP Version 4.1 for OS/2 Warp includes DHCP, BOOTP
DDNS and java-based administration.

7. What freeware DHCP clients are available?

(This is not necessarily a complete list)

960809 WIDE Project includes a client for BSD and SunOS systems:
WIDE Project
Keio Univ.
Check Archie for dhcp-1.2.1 because lots of sites
distribute it.
Beta version:
960904 Linux bootp client: bootpc; DHCP being added over time.
970415 dhcpcd (for Linux 1.2.xx, 1.3.xx, 2.0.x)
version 0.4a:
version 0.5:
version 0.5-p1:
version 0.6:
971204 Internet Software Consortium (ISC) DHCP/BOOTP Server
Distribution includes a client. See ISC server in section
on "Freeware Servers".

8. Which vendors of client software currently support DHCP?

(This is not necessarily a complete list)

950417 Shiva: proxy client for remote users (in Lanrovers and
950425 Hewlett-Packard
950502 NetManage: Chameleon 4.5
950630 Beame & Whiteside Software: resells Dirk Koeppen EDV-
950705 Microsoft: MS-TCP/IP 3.11a & MS-TCP/IP 3.11b
950711 Microsoft: Windows NT 3.5
950711 Microsoft: Windows for Workgroups 3.11a
950711 Frontier Technologies(800-929-3054): in SuperTCP for
950712 Beame & Whiteside(800-720-7151): BW-Connect NFS for DOS &
950802 Wollongong: PathWay Access ver 3.2 (Windows)
950802 WRQ: Reflection Network Series products (version 5) for
950814 Competitive Automation(415-321-4006): SunOS4.x, Solaris2.x
DECOSF3.x,4.x clients
950915 Stampede: included in Remote Office Gold
951113 Persoft(800-368-5283): TCP Addition and Portable TCP
951207 Dirk Koeppen EDV-Beratungs-GmbH: TCP/IP DHCP Boot ROMs
BOOT-PROM) www.dunkel.de/dksoft
951220 Attachmate: IRMA TCP Suite Version 3.1
960130 Digital: RoamAbout Mobile IP Client/Server Network Software
960209 FTP Software: included in OnNet 2.0 (Windows)
960209 FTP Software: PC/TCP 4.0 (DOS)
960312 Core Systems: Internet-Connect for Windows 95 Version 2.1
has DHCP
proxy client.
960313 Apple: Open Transport 1.1 included with System 7.5.3 & runs
68030, 68040, and PowerPC Macintoshes.
960314 Apple: Open Transport 1.1 shrink wrap version will be
960408 IBM: Client DHCP software for Windows 3.x.
960408 IBM: Client DHCP software for MS/PC-DOS.
960501 SunSoft: included in PC-NFS Pro 2.0 for Windows
960501 NetManage: included in ChameleonNFS 4.6
960503 FTP Software: included in OnNet32, Version 1.0 (Windows 95
and NT)
960514 Novell: Client32 for DOS/Windows 3.1 (beta) will use either
or BOOTP to get IP parameters.
960514 Novell: NetWare/IP for DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, and
Windows NT uses DHCP to obtain IP parameters.
960514 Novell: NetWare/IP servers can use DHCP to auto-configure
IP parameters.
960809 Silicon Graphics: included in IRIX since version 5.3.
960917 Sun: Solaris 2.6.
961118 Network TeleSystems TCP Pro 3.0 for Windows
970805 Cisco: DHCP & BOOTP for Windows 3.1 included in Cisco
Suite 100 for Windows (formerly MultiNet for Windows) V2.0
For Windows 95, uses the native support.
980331 Deerfield Communications: DHCP server included in Wingate
Pro (2.1b) "proxy server"
980611 IBM: OS/2 WARP Version 4 (Merlin) has DHCP client
capability in the
basic package.
980612 IBM's DOS/Windows LAN Services (for IBM PC-DOS, Microsoft
MS-DOS, and/or Microsoft Windows 3.x)
980612 IBM's line of NetworkStations are all DHCP clients (or
980612 IBM: AIX 4.1.4 client and server packages include a DHCP

9. What are the DHCP plans of major client-software vendors?

Apple MacOS
MacTCP's successor, Open Transport, supports DHCP. Open Transport 1.1 ships with
System 7.5 Update 2.0 (which updates MacOS to version 7.5.3, released March 11, 1996)
and supports any 68030, 68040, or PowerPC Macintosh. A shrink wrap version of Open
Transport is planned.
Microsoft Windows95
supports it and does not support BOOTP. I heard a rumor that BOOTP support will be
Novell LAN Workplace for DOS
For supporting DOS/Windows 3.1, Client32 for DOS/Windows, due in June 1996, will
provide the TCP/IP stack functions and will support DHCP and BOOTP. For Windows 95
and Windows NT, the native stack will be used so that DHCP is supported.
IBM OS/2 Warp
supports it.
10. What Routers forward DHCP requests?

(This is not necessarily a complete list).

Note that in general, these routers probably already had BOOTP forwarding, but
lacked the support for the BOOTP broadcast flag (see "broadcast flag" under
What are the Gotcha's? above). It is likely that many other routers also support
BOOTP forwarding.

(from Cisco FAQ) Routers running GSYS version 9.21(4) and 10.0(3) as well as later
(from Wellfleet FAQ) DHCP is supported by enabling BOOTP support (with transmission
and/or reception as needed). Starting with version 9.00 of their routing software BayRs.
3Com Netbuilder
Version 7.2 software can support DHCP relaying through the use of its generic UDP
Helper service. Version 8.0 and later officially supports DHCP.
Version 5.5 of their routing software supports DHCP.
The switches' "router" function has have been handling BOOTP forwarding since around
1993. Support for the broadcast flag introduced in a maintenance release of 2.5 of their
software and is in version 2.6 and later.
IBM 2210
I've confirmed that Version 1 Release 2 has a BOOTP relay agent. I haven't found out
anything about support for the broadcast flag.
Version 7.2 (about 1994) and later support DHCP relaying.
I'm not sure what is the first version that has this support.
Novell MPR
The same as for their server.
IBM 6611
Supports BOOTP forwarding.
11. What Routers include DHCP servers?

DHCP requires disk storage (or some other form of reliable non-volatile storage),
making the task of DHCP service more compatible with servers than with
dedicated routers. The large-scale routers (i.e., those of Cisco, Bay, Fore) don't an
will probably never will have a DHCP server function.

But there are a number of types of servers that can be configured to route and
serve DHCP. This includes Novell servers and computers running Unix. There are
also units designed to handle two or more aspects of your Internet connection, e.g.
routing between a LAN and a leased line as well as doing other functions to allow
computers on the LAN to reach the Internet (or corporate intranet as the case may
be). One example is Farallon's Netopia Internet Router mentioned above under
commercial servers.

12. What Routers use DHCP to configure their IP addresses?

The DHCP RFC specifically says that DHCP is not intended for use in
configuring routers. The reason is that in maintaining and troubleshooting routers,
it is important to know its exact configuration rather than leaving that to be
automatically done, and also that you do not want your router's operation to
depend upon the working of yet another server.

It may be possible to configure some types of more general-purpose computers or

servers to get their addresses from DHCP and to act as routers. Also, there are
remote access servers, often which are usually not true routers, which use DHCP
to acquire addresses to hand out to their clients.

13. What Servers forward DHCP requests?

 Windows NT's 3.51 Service Pack 3 (and 4) includes a BOOTP (& DHCP)
relay agent as part of "Multi Protocol Router". 3.51).
 For Novell servers, there are NLMs that forward BOOTP requests, thus
DHCP requests. The "BOOTPFWD NLM" is included in NetWare 4.1.
You can get this support in NetWare 3.11 and 3.12 also by applying the
TCPN01.EXE patch which is located at
ftp://ftp.novell.com/updates/inet/mpr211/tcpn01.exe and on Netwire. Two
other such NLMs (possibly old versions of the same) that are available
 ftp://netlab2.usu.edu/misc/bootpfd.zip(unsupported Novell
software, 1993)
 ftp://netlab2.usu.edu/misc/bootp311.zip(unsupported Novell
software, 1991)
 Also for Novell servers, the DHCP server that comes with NetWare/IP 2.2
can be configured to be just a BOOTP/DHCP forwarding agent.
 AIX, through its dhcprd daemon.
 Warp Server Version 4.
14. Which implementations support or require the broadcast flag?

The broadcast flag is an optional element of DHCP, but a client which sets it
works only with a server or relay that supports it.

 Clients

Microsoft Windows NT
DHCP client support added with version 3.5 sets the broadcast flag. Version 3.51 and
later no longer set it. The exception is in the remote access support: it sets the flag when it
uses DHCP to acquire addresses to hand out to its PPP clients.
tcp/ip-32 for Microsoft Windows for Workgroups (WFW)
Version 3.11a sets it, but version 3.11B doesn't.
Microsoft Windows 95
Does not set the broadcast flag.
15. What servers support secondary subnet numbers?

(These are not complete lists) The following servers can handle dynamic
allocation on secondary subnet numbers:

 IPTrack version 2.0

 SGI's DHCP Server under IRIX 6.2
 Cisco (previously TGV)
 NetID
 Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 (since service pack 2)
 Sonic
 ipLease
 IBM Warp Server Version 4

The following can serve manually allocated addresses on secondary subnet


 IPTrack version 2.0


The following cannot support secondary subnet numbers:

 Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 and 4.0 (through RC1)

 Sonic DHCP Server
16. What servers support RFC-based dynamic DNS update?
The following DHCP servers include the ability to make use of the RFC
2136/2137 DNS feature to make dynamic updates to the DNS. To make use of
this ability, you need a DNS server that supports this feature. A likely use is to
create temporary DNS records that associate a fully qualified DNS name derived
from the client's netbios name with the client's leased IP number. Another use
might be to associate DNS names with MAC addresses. These products might
support one or both of these uses.

 American Internet Corp Net Registrar

 IBM's Warp Server (version 4 and after)
 IBM's AIX server (version 4.1 and after)
17. How can I run Windows 95 without a DHCP server?

Not really a DHCP question, but it has been asked a lot, particularly by sites for
which changing from BOOTP represents a lot of work. Some choices:

 Use no server at all for the Windows 95 clients: set the addresses in each
client's setup.
 Install a non-Microsoft TCP/IP stack for Windows 95 that supports
 Switch from your current BOOTP server to one that supports both BOOTP
and DHCP.
 The 'billgPC' program uses BOOTP (instead of DHCP) to configure
Windows 95's native IP stack: http://www.panix.com/~perin/ (note: it also
works with Windows NT).

A Document that addresses this question is the Windows 95tm Networking FAQ,

18. Do any servers limit the MAC addresses that may roam?
 IBM's AIX and OS/2 WARP DHCP servers.

 ISC.
19. What analyzers decode DHCP?
 Release 5.0 of Network General Corporation's Sniffer software.
 I believe one of the free Unix implementations has included in its
distribution a program that captures and decodes BOOTP and DHCP
 Microsoft's SMS includes a protocol analyzer called "Network Monitor"
that decodes DHCP. All NT software includes a remote agent for it.
 NetXRay, software that runs under Windows NT adn 95.
 PacketView (LAN), SerialView (PPP and SLIP), and ISDNView (PPP
over ISDN) all are DOS programs that fully decode DHCP packets.
20. What administration tools administer DHCP configurations?
 Quadritek's QIP network administration product includes an interface to
Competitive Automation's JOIN DHCP server and IBM's DHCP server
and their own server.
21. How do I make a client give up its lease?

This is a general question, but the answer is of necessity specific to the client-
implementation. Naturally, one way to avoid the problem is to keep leases short
enough that you are not obliged to do this.

 One method mentioned is to temporarily change the clock on the client.

 For a Win95 client, the winipcfg.exe program can do it.
22. What are the Gotcha's specific to various implementations?

In many cases, new releases have solved the problems that have been identified
with various DHCP implementations.

 An extra server feature is required to handle the allocation of addresses on

the secondary IP addresses associated with a router port. You may find out
after the fact that you have such secondary addresses
 There have been servers that are inflexible as to the list of configuration
parameters they were able to serve. If your client requires certain
parameters, you could find such a server unusable.
 I hate to cast wide suspicions, but I've heard occasional word on client
DHCP implementations that do not implement the entire protocol. Doing
so requires that the software module be able to wake up again after a
specified period of time and "renew the lease", i.e., ask to continue using
the IP number. This is at least one feature of DHCP that is very hard to
implement in some simpler systems.
 A specific complaint about Microsoft's Windows 95 dhcp client: it times
out its requests much more quickly than the times specified by RFC1541
section 4.1. Among the circumstances that can turn this into a practical
problem are the latencies due to relay agents and a server's use of ICMP
echo to doublecheck the address. While it works with Microsoft's own NT-
based server, the problem prevents interoperation with some other DHCP
servers under some conditions. Microsoft is rumored to have developed an
updater named VDHCPUPD.EXE to patch this problem, once available
through the following patch:
 File: Vdhcp.386
 File Last Modified Date: 02/12/96
 File Size: 27,985 bytes
 File Version Information: 4.00.951

It consists of 2 files, vdhcpupd.exe and vdhcpupd.txt. I've since been told

that a newer version is 4.00.954. I've also been told that the exe file is on
the net at http://www.halcyon.com/cerelli/software/vdhcpupd.exe

 There are a number of issues regarding the patched bootp servers. These
have been reported to re DD2.4.3:
 'When run from inetd, I had problems with "Could not bind port"
and DHCP request failure. I don't know why, and the problem went
away when bootpd is run as a daemon.'
 'Unless you set "dl" to some value in the bootptab file, the DHCP
lease time, renewal time and prebinding time will be rubbish,
which will cause occasional renewal problems.' One symptom you
might see is Microsoft DHCP implementations using 5-minute
leases, which is their default. Other implementations may not run
at all.
 Early Microsoft DHCP client implementations required the broadcast bit.
Current ones do not.
 I have heard a vague complaints about the Microsoft implementations of
DHCP: that it does not follow the standards. I could use details.
 Early Apple Open Transport implementations did not always fill out
packets to BOOTP's 300-byte minimum, thus BOOTP forwarding agents
that follow the BOOTP RFC and discard such packets end up discarding
such DHCP packets, causing some of the functions to fail. Open Transport
1.1 fixes this.
 Pre 1.1 versions of Open Transport experienced interoperability problems
with the Microsoft NT DHCP server.
 The very first announced release of Carnegie Mellon's server, dhcp-3.3.6,
circa March 1996 has shown signs of needing to be shaken out to be more
easily compiled outside of its development environment.
 Windows NT server v3.51 allows the administrator to specify addresses
within its assignment range to be excluded, but does not always exclude
 Report: Novell's NetwareIP 2.2 server refuses to hand out dynamic bootp
assignments to hosts mentioned in the local /etc/hosts file, even if
configured to do so.
 I've heard a report that some combinations of versions of Unix & the ISC
server will transmit packets to the subnet broadcast address rather than the
default broadcast address (, which impedes
interoperability with some clients.
 Windows 95 DHCP client answers pings from an IP address even after the
the client's lease has expired. Thus a server that uses ping to check to see
that an IP number is unused before reassigning it may find that it is still in
 Windows 95 DHCP client cannot handle a lease renewal offered by a
different server.
 Some clients have no way to configure a class option, which can be a
showstopper if you need to use the class option to help decide what pool
of addresses the client uses.
 I've heard reports that Windows 95, or at least some versions will use an
address after the lease has expired under some circumstances, even when
renewal requests have been turned down. With properly behaving clients,
an IP administrator can safely make the following statement: "As long as
all the clients are set to get their addresses through DHCP, I can tell which
addresses are not being used by the clients simply by checking the server
to see which IP addresses have no outstanding leases." The reports suggest
that Windows 95 implementations won't allow this statement to be

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Global Catalog:
Domains and Forests can also share resources available in active directory. These resources are
searched by Global Catalog across domains and forests and this search is transparent to user. For
example, if you make a search for all of the printers in a forest, this search goes to global catalog server
for its query and then global catalog returns the results. Without a global catalog server this query needs
to go to every domain in the forest of its result.

It is important to have a global catalog on at least one domain controller because many applications use
port 3268 for searching. For example, if you do not have any global catalog servers in your network, the
Search command on the Start menu of Windows 2000/2003 cannot locate objects in Active Directory.

The global catalog is a domain controller that contains attributes for every object in the Active Directory.
By default, only the members of the Schema Admins group have rights to change which attributes stored
in the global catalog, according to organization's requirements.

The global catalog contains:

 The commonly used attributes need in queries, such as a user's first and last name, and logon name.
 All the information or records which are important to determine the location of any object in the directory.

 A default subset of attributes for each object type.

 All the access related permissions for every object and attribute that is stored in the global catalog. Say,
without permission you can't access or view the objects. If you are searching for an object where you do not
have the appropriate permissions to view, the object will not appear in the search results. These access
permissions ensure that users can find only objects to which they have been assigned access.

A global catalog server is a domain controller that contains full and writable replica of its domain directory,
and a partial, read-only replica of all other domain directory partitions in the forest. Let's take an example
of a user object; by default user objects have lot of attributes such as first name, last name, address,
phone number, and many more. The Global Catalog will store only the main attributes of user objects in
search operations like a user's first name and last name, or login name. This partial attributes of that user
object which is stored would be enough to allow a search for that object to be able to locate the full replica
of the object in active directory. If a search comes to locate objects, then first it goes to local global
catalog and reduces network traffic over the WAN.

Domain Controllers always contain the full attribute list for objects belonging to their domain. If the
Domain Controller is also a GC, it will also contain a partial replica of objects from all other domains in the
It is always recommended to have a global catalog server for every active directory site in an enterprise

Microsoft global catalog

The global catalog is a distributed data repository that contains a searchable, partial representation of every object
in every domain in a multidomain Active Directory forest. The global catalog is stored on domain controllers that
have been designated as global catalog servers and is distributed through multimaster replication. Searches that
are directed to the global catalog are faster because they do not involve referrals to different domain controllers.

In addition to configuration and schema directory partition replicas, every domain controller in a Windows 2000
Server or Windows Server 2003 forest stores a full, writable replica of a single domain directory partition.
Therefore, a domain controller can locate only the objects in its domain. Locating an object in a different domain
would require the user or application to provide the domain of the requested object.

The global catalog provides the ability to locate objects from any domain without having to know the domain name.
A global catalog server is a domain controller that, in addition to its full, writable domain directory partition replica,
also stores a partial, read-only replica of all other domain directory partitions in the forest. The additional domain
directory partitions are partial because only a limited set of attributes is included for each object. By including only
the attributes that are most used for searching, every object in every domain in even the largest forest can be
represented in the database of a single global catalog server.

What is vlan?

Short for virtual LAN, a network of computers that behave

as if they are connected to the same wire even though they
may actually be physically located on different segments of
a LAN. VLANs are configured through software rather than
hardware, which makes them extremely flexible. One of the
biggest advantages of VLANs is that when a computer is
physically moved to another location, it can stay on the
same VLAN without any hardware reconfiguration.

benefits of Vlan:
1)Provides n/w security
2)Provides Broadcast control.
3)Effiocient usage of bandwidth
4)Phsically you can move the host to any location,it will
remain in same vlan

What is a VPN?
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network technology that creates a secure network connection over a
public network such as the Internet or a private network owned by a service provider. Large corporations,
educational institutions, and government agencies use VPN technology to enable remote users to
securely connect to a private network.
A VPN can connect multiple sites over a large distance just like a Wide Area Network (WAN). VPNs are
often used to extend intranets worldwide to disseminate information and news to a wide user base.
Educational institutions use VPNs to connect campuses that can be distributed across the country or
around the world.

In order to gain access to the private network, a user must be authenticated using a unique identification
and a password. An authentication token is often used to gain access to a private network through a
personal identification number (PIN) that a user must enter. The PIN is a unique authentication code that
changes according to a specific frequency, usually every 30 seconds or so.


There are a number of VPN protocols in use that secure the transport of data traffic over a public network
infrastructure. Each protocol varies slightly in the way that data is kept secure.

IP security (IPSec) is used to secure communications over the Internet. IPSec traffic can use either
transport mode or tunneling to encrypt data traffic in a VPN. The difference between the two modes is that
transport mode encrypts only the message within the data packet (also known as the payload) while
tunneling encrypts the entire data packet. IPSec is often referred to as a "security overlay" because of its
use as a security layer for other protocols.

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) use cryptography to secure
communications over the Internet. Both protocols use a "handshake" method of authentication that
involves a negotiation of network parameters between the client and server machines. To successfully
initiate a connection, an authentication process involving certificates is used. Certificates are
cryptographic keys that are stored on both the server and client.

Point-To-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) is another tunneling protocol used to connect a remote client to
a private server over the Internet. PPTP is one of the most widely used VPN protocols because of it's
straightforward configuration and maintenance and also because it is included with the Windows
operating system.

Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) is a protocol used to tunnel data communications traffic between two
sites over the Internet. L2TP is often used in tandem with IPSec (which acts as a security layer) to secure
the transfer of L2TP data packets over the Internet. Unlike PPTP, a VPN implementation using
L2TP/IPSec requires a shared key or the use of certificates.

VPN technology employs sophisticated encryption to ensure security and prevent any unintentional
interception of data between private sites. All traffic over a VPN is encrypted using algorithms to secure
data integrity and privacy. VPN architecture is governed by a strict set of rules and standards to ensure a
private communication channel between sites. Corporate network administrators are responsible for
deciding the scope of a VPN, implementing and deploying a VPN, and ongoing monitoring of network
traffic across the network firewall. A VPN requires administrators to be continually be aware of the overall
architecture and scope of the VPN to ensure communications are kept private.

Advantages & Disadvantages

A VPN is a inexpensive effective way of building a private network. The use of the Internet as the main
communications channel between sites is a cost effective alternative to expensive leased private lines.
The costs to a corporation include the network authentication hardware and software used to authenticate
users and any additional mechanisms such as authentication tokens or other secure devices. The relative
ease, speed, and flexibility of VPN provisioning in comparison to leased lines makes VPNs an ideal
choice for corporations who require flexibility. For example, a company can adjust the number of sites in
the VPN according to changing requirements.

There are several potential disadvantages with VPN use. The lack of Quality of Service (QoS)
management over the Internet can cause packet loss and other performance issues. Adverse network
conditions that occur outside of the private network is beyond the control of the VPN administrator. For
this reason, many large corporations pay for the use of trusted VPNs that use a private network to
guarantee QoS. Vendor interoperability is another potential disadvantage as VPN technologies from one
vendor may not be compatible with VPN technologies from another vendor. Neither of these
disadvantages have prevented the widespread acceptance and deployment of VPN technology.