impact of IPv4 and DHCP operations on the IP networks

This is an assignment that discusses the impact of IPv4 and DHCP operations on the IP networks. The paper also discusses the  contrasts and practical issues in relation with DHCP.

impact of IPv4 and DHCP operations on the IP networks

Requirements:

Firstly, you are required to critically evaluate the impact of Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) on IP networks. To complete the assignment you will need to research, explain and test DHCP server operation.

Then, you will need to discuss and contrast the practical issues, benefits and limitations of implementing a large scale IP network with and without DHCP.

DHCP is one of the foundation processes involved in automatic network provisioning. It is well known that DHCP is responsible for the allocation of IPv4 addresses to client devices however this is not the extent of all capabilities. As part of this assignment you are to identify other capabilities and options of IPv4 DHCP. You will then prove the operation of DHCP by configuring a server and a client, recording the process using commonly available tools, for example Wireshark.

Guidelines

Your investigation must include the following sections:

Abstract:
Firstly, you are to  complete and fully formed abstract written in the correct tense

Introduction:
Secondly, introduce the topic and state the aim and objectives of your work

Literature Review:
Thirdly, identify the sources of information for your work. Identify and document the functional process of DHCP.

Investigation / Methodology:
Then, conduct a practical experiment proving that DHCP operates as described. You will need to set up and configure DHCP server and client services.  For extra interest, you may consider whether it is possible to have more than one DHCP server on a LAN, whether it is possible for a DHCP server to support more than one scope or how DHCP supports other processes such IP telephone provisioning. Using Wireshark or something similar, show the communication process and message exchange. Simply identifying that a DHCP client has received an address will not satisfy the requirement.

Results and Analysis:
Did the process work as expected?
Critically evaluate the impact of DHCP on IP networks, discuss and contrast the practical issues, benefits and limitations of implementing a large-scale IP network with or without DHCP.

Conclusion:
Lastly, was your experiment a success? Does DHCP provide a useful service? Did your experiment identify and prove all of the functions of DHCP? Could you extend the investigation to consider anything else?