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Configuring DHCP Clients

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

When configuring your DHCP clients, it is important to consider the types of computers on each subnet of the network. For example, you might configure one subnet with a shorter lease duration for portable computer users. To configure a Windows client to obtain an IP address from the DHCP server, select Obtain an IP address automatically from the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties window.

In addition to Windows-based clients, you can configure DHCP for UNIX, Linux, or Macintosh clients. Refer to the documentation for these operating systems to configure the clients for DHCP.


  • You can override DHCP information by configuring the individual client. Any information entered manually into a client’s TCP/IP configuration overrides dynamic settings.

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