Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol definition protocol
(DHCP) A protocol
that provides a means to dynamically allocate IP address
es to computers on a local area network
. The system administrator
assigns a range of IP addresses to DHCP and each client computer on the LAN has its TCP/IP
software configured to request an IP address from the DHCP server. The request and grant process uses a lease concept with a controllable time period.
DHCP is defined in RFC 2131
introduced DHCP on their NT server with version 3.5 in late 1994.