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The original and most comprehensive implementation of the DHCP service is offered by the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC). Supporting both IPv4 and IPv6, ISC DHCP offers a complete open source solution for implementing DHCP servers, relay agents, and clients. Other DHCP Server products include the Microsoft DHCP server.

Know more: how does DHCP work?

The DHCP service can be enhanced by DHCP failover to bring high availability and load balancing of traffic. The ISC DHCP Failover relies on having a pair of collaborating servers – a primary (master) server and a secondary (backup) server. A TCP-based communication channel, called a failover channel, then has to be set up between the two servers.

The IP address information assigned by DHCP is only valid for a limited period of time, and is known as a DHCP lease. The period of validity is called the DHCP lease time. When the lease expires, the client can no longer use the IP address and has to stop all communication with the IP network unless he requests to extend the lease “rent” via the DHCP lease renewal cycle.

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