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Configure hostname via DHCP

Written by Ingmar Verheij on July 25th, 2012. Posted in Other

Windows 8 - HostnameA system can be identified on a network with a MAC address, IP address or its hostname. The hostname is the most readable form for humans, especially because you have the ability to change the hostname (unlike a MAC address and only partially for an IP address).

Giving the device a human readable hostname makes it easier to troubleshoot issues and is sometimes required to to apply to a naming convention. Having an asset tag on the device makes it easier for a user to explain what device he/she is using.

But what if you’re unable to change the hostname of a device or don’t want to specify this for each device? Think of thin clients (or zero clients) like a HP Smart Zero Client where you can’t (or want) to configure the hostname per device.

Well, you can push the hostname via the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).