NetWare provides a number of special services such as Web server, FTP server, and application server. NetWare also provides support for both the DNS and DHCP services. This means that your NetWare server can act as a DNS name server. The NetWare server can also serve as a DHCP server providing IP addresses to network clients .
DNS and DHCP are installed as part of the server configuration when you initially setup the NetWare server. Both DNS and DHCP are installation options.
Although we will discuss how DNS and DHCP work in much more detail in Chapter 12, "TCP/IP Network Administration." I did want to mention NetWare's support for DNS and DHCP and the fact that these two services can both be administered using the Novell iManager. Figure 8.23 shows the iManager window with the DHCP Management and DNS Management nodes expanded. The iManager actually makes it very easy to add a DHCP scope (a range of IP addresses) or manage resource records on the DNS server.
Figure 8.23. The iManager provides easy access to DHCP and DNS settings.
We will discuss both DHCP and DNS in general terms in Chapter 12 and in terms more specific to network operating systems such as NetWare.