DHCP functional goalsDHCP functional goals
A host without a valid IP address locates andA host without a valid IP address locates andcommunicates with a DHCP server.communicates with a DHCP server.
A DHCP server passes configurationA DHCP server passes configurationparameters, including an IP address, to the host.parameters, including an IP address, to the host.
The DHCP server may dynamically allocateThe DHCP server may dynamically allocateaddresses to hosts and reuse addresses.addresses to hosts and reuse addresses.
Hosts can detect when they require a new IPHosts can detect when they require a new IPaddress.address.
Unavailability of DHCP server has minimal effectUnavailability of DHCP server has minimal effecton operation of hosts.on operation of hosts.