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If the client workstation cannot locate the DHCP server on the network automatically, you will see an error message to that effect when you restart the client workstation.


DHCP can, however, manage much more than the IP addresses of client computers. It can also assign DNS servers, gateway addresses, subnet masks, and many other tasks.


In the Windows family of operating systems, only computers running Windows NT Server 3.51 or later can act as a DHCP server; a computer running Windows 98 cannot be a DHCP server. In the Novell world, NetWare 4.11 comes with DHCP as a standard service. In NetWare 5, this service is administered using a Java-based snap-in module for the administrator utility called the DNS/DHCP Management Console.


The Bindings Tab


The Bindings tab of the TCP/IP Properties dialog box, shown in Figure 3.8, displays the bindings available on the computer and also lets you select the ones you want to use. When you install a new protocol, Windows binds the new protocol to all possible client and service components. In some cases, certain network components may not work if you have the wrong protocol


bindings selected, so make sure that the bindings shown reflect the appropriate protocol.


The Network Driver Interface Specification


The Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS), originally developed by Microsoft and 3Com in 1990, is a device driver specification that is independent of both the underlying network hardware and the networking protocol in use.


NDIS also provides protocol multiplexing so that multiple protocol stacks can be used at the same time on the same computer.

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