IPP> RFC 2489 - Procedure for Defining New DHCP Options (Jan 1999)

IPP> RFC 2489 - Procedure for Defining New DHCP Options (Jan 1999)

IPP> RFC 2489 - Procedure for Defining New DHCP Options (Jan 1999)

Ira McDonald imcdonal at sdsp.mc.xerox.com
Sat Jan 23 19:11:54 EST 1999


Hi folks,

Abstract below

Cheers,
- Ira McDonald
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Network Working Group                                           R. Droms
Request for Comments: 2489                           Bucknell University
BCP: 29                                                     January 1999
Category: Best Current Practice


                Procedure for Defining New DHCP Options

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the
   Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1999).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) provides a framework
   for passing configuration information to hosts on a TCP/IP network.
   Configuration parameters and other control information are carried in
   tagged data items that are stored in the 'options' field of the DHCP
   message.  The data items themselves are also called "options."

   New DHCP options may be defined after the publication of the DHCP
   specification to accommodate requirements for conveyance of new
   configuration parameters.  This document describes the procedure for
   defining new DHCP options.

1. Introduction

   The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) [1] provides a
   framework for passing configuration information to hosts on a TCP/IP
   network.  Configuration parameters and other control information are
   carried in tagged data items that are stored in the 'options' field
   of the DHCP message.  The data items themselves are also called
   "options." [2]

   This document describes the procedure for defining new DHCP options.
   The procedure will guarantee that:

   * allocation of new option numbers is coordinated from a single
     authority,
   * new options are reviewed for technical correctness and
     appropriateness, and
   * documentation for new options is complete and published.



Droms                    Best Current Practice                  [Page 1]

RFC 2489               Defining New DCHP Options            January 1999


   As indicated in "Guidelines for Writing an IANA Considerations
   Section in RFCs" (see references), IANA acts as a central authority
   for assignment of numbers such as DHCP option codes.  The new
   procedure outlined in this document will provide guidance to IANA in
   the assignment of new option codes.

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