Setting up the DHCP server is by comparison much simpler; set that up as you need.
What types of network connections are supported during installation?Modifying the boot sector and partition table on a hard-drive is RISKY BUSINESS!Make sure you have a complete backup of your system, the original Windows CD, and the proper boot/recovery floppies before attempting to set up a dual-boot system. HOWEVER, that is no guarantee they will work for you or that you will make the correct selections. Setting up Debian Linux on its own dedicated system is the much preferred way to go, particularly when it comes to playing around with the networking functionality related to servers.For the average home computer user there is no need to install a complex package such as the Internet Software Consortium's BIND DNS or DHCP server, since there are far simpler lower resource tools to use, for example dnsmasq.For those who you wish to learn how to use ISC's BIND and DHCP, for example as a learning exercise, this is how I got it all to work in Debian Sarge, the current stable version of Debian GNU/Linux.The trick is to be able to choose which OS you want to run when the machine boots up. It runs from the MBR (master boot record) of your hard-drive and allows you to select which partition you wish to boot.