DHCP is an extremely powerful configuration tool for use when you have many client machines that must be configured. It is not just limited to IP address allocation and can be extended to encompass a large proportion of network configuration, from WINS servers to network time servers.
You can also define options to allow machines that boot from the network to get their boot images from a server, which allows diskless clients to boot from a DHCP server provided that trivial file transfer protocol (TFTP) is also set up. The dhcp-options man page has more information on the options your DHCP server can present to your network clients.
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