As its name suggests it, the ISC DHCP server was created by the Internet Software Consortium which is also the author of the famous DNS BIND server.
With this DHCP server, you can :
- Distribute IP addresses to computers on your network
- Assign static IP addresses to specific machines (for example : servers, network printers, ...)
- Send additional information such as : the IP address of the gateway to use, the IP addresses of the DNS servers, ...
- Allowing clients to boot on the network (PXE) with the BOOTP support.
- and more.
Note : the isc-dhcp-server package replaces the old dhcp3-server package.