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Configuring DHCP for DNS Integration

The Windows NT 4.0 environment uses NetBIOS names to identify clients and servers on a network. These names can be resolved to IP addresses using LMHOSTS files or a WINS server. Because the WINS database is dynamic, integrating DHCP and WINS on a network is simple. In addition, because the DNS database is static, implementing DHCP and DNS on a Windows NT network requires a WINS server.

The Windows 2000 environment requires DNS, which is used to locate clients, servers, and services on the network. Traditionally, administrators had to manually enter the host records. To overcome this and allow DHCP and DNS to be integrated on a network without the use of a WINS server, Windows 2000 workstations configured as DHCP clients can be automatically registered in the DNS database.

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