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Dynamic Host Configuration (dhc)

WG Name Dynamic Host Configuration
Acronym dhc
Area Internet Area (int)
State Active
Charter charter-ietf-dhc-09 Approved
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Personnel Chairs Bernie Volz, Timothy Winters
Area Director Éric Vyncke
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The Dynamic Host Configuration Working Group (DHC WG) has developed DHCP
for automated allocation, configuration and management of IP addresses,
IPv6 prefixes, IP protocol stack and other parameters. DHCPv4 is
currently a Draft Standard and is documented in RFC 2131 and RFC 2132.
DHCPv6 is currently a Proposed Standard and is being updated. The WG
plans to advance the DHCPv6 protocol to Internet standard.

The DHC WG is responsible for defining DHCP protocol extensions.
Definitions of new DHCP options that are delivered using standard
mechanisms with documented semantics are not considered a protocol
extension and thus are generally outside of scope for the DHC WG. Such
options should be defined within their respective WGs or sponsored by an
appropriate AD and reviewed by DHCP experts in the Internet Area
Directorate. However, if such options require protocol extensions or new
semantics, the protocol extension work must be done in the DHC WG.

The DHC WG has the following main objectives:

  1. Work on informational documents providing operational or implementation advice
    about DHCPv6, as well as documents specifying standard mechanisms for
    operating, administering and managing DHCPv6 servers, clients, and relay

  2. Assist other WGs and independent submissions in defining options
    (that follow RFC 7227 guidelines) and to assure DHCP operational
    considerations are properly documented.

  3. Issue an updated version of the DHCPv6 base specification, and after
    an appropriate interval following publication, advance to Internet standard.


Date Milestone Associated documents
Jul 2025 Recharter or close down WG
Dec 2024 Advance DHCPv6 RFC to Internet Standard draft-ietf-dhc-rfc8415bis

Done milestones

Date Milestone Associated documents
Done WGLC for Registering Self-generated IPv6 Addresses using DHCPv6 draft-ietf-dhc-addr-notification
Done WGLC draft-ietf-dhc-dhcpv6-yang draft-ietf-dhc-dhcpv6-yang
Done WGLC IPv6-Only-Preferred Option for DHCP draft-link-dhc-v6only
Done WGLC DHCPv6 Prefix Delegating relay draft-ietf-dhc-dhcpv6-pd-relay-requirements
Done WGLC Multi-requirement Extensions for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for IPv6 (DHCPv6) draft-ietf-dhc-problem-statement-of-mredhcpv6
Done Adopt DHCPv6 Prefix Delegating relay draft-fkhp-dhc-dhcpv6-pd-relay-requirements
Done Adopt IPv6-Only-Preferred Option for DHCP draft-link-dhc-v6only
Done WGLC Link-Layer Addresses Assignment Mechanism for DHCPv6 draft-ietf-dhc-mac-assign
Done WGLC SLAP quadrant selection options for DHCPv6 draft-ietf-dhc-slap-quadrant
Done WGLC draft-ietf-dhc-dhcp4o6-saddr-opt draft-ietf-dhc-dhcp4o6-saddr-opt