There are many advantages to using dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) reservations for Windows NT clients (Server or Workstation) over statically assigning the client with an IP address. The following describes two advantages:
- If your client is configured for Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) and your WINS database becomes corrupt at any time, a simple "ipconfig /release", "ipconfig /renew" from an MS-DOS prompt will force the client to re-register with the primary WINS server.
- Using DHCP reservations allows administrators to have a central point of reference for all IP allocations in the organization. When you use DHCP Administrator (Mappings/Show Reservations), a complete list of active reservations as well as active leases is available in one location. This is a major advantage, especially when you are tracking down particular clients or even reassigning new scopes.
Article ID: 170062 - Last Review: Feb 22, 2007 - Revision: 1