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TOPIC: Need small full blown DHCP server

Need small full blown DHCP server 14 years 3 weeks ago #7366

In some cases I get into an environment where only BootP is used. My apps needs to have DHCP. I use vmWare, so I thought of a small Linux DHCP server. But I also need to set some DHCP options (66, 67, 109 and 128). It also should be a bit simple because I am not a Linux gouroe. I could not find anything yet...
Any ideas...?

Re: Need small full blown DHCP server 14 years 3 weeks ago #7367


I know VMWARE has its own DHCP service (along with NAT) service, but I don't think you can give any DHCP options.

If you consider using Linux, the DHCP server of Linux is compliant with the DHCP RFC. You can find details of the dhcpd.conf at following url:

(do a find on "options" on the page to find DHCP options sepcific details)

Hope this helps,



DHCP 14 years 3 weeks ago #7396

Depends on how robust and scalable a solution you need, but if you just want a small, basic DHCP server why not buy a cheap router or simialr hardware device and use the built-in one?

Router? 14 years 3 weeks ago #7408

So if oneday i decide to build a dhcp server, i just need to purchase a router and i guess use dhcp software. Can you explain that a little more clearly.


Re: Need small full blown DHCP server 14 years 3 weeks ago #7414

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Its quite simple really - every Cisco router has the ability to run a DHCP server service, so you simply enable it via the CLI (Command Line Interface) and configure the appropriate parameters so it may serve your network!

Keep in mind you do NOT need to purchase any additional software because the DHCP Server functionality is provided through the router's IOS!

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Re: Need small full blown DHCP server 14 years 2 weeks ago #7519

If you don't want to use Linux/Unix or a router and have Windows 2000 it has it's own DHCP server. You install it in add/remove programs->windows components and it is fairly easy to set up. I ran a DHCP server like this through vmware at school last semester and it worked fairly well. If you do use this with vmware just make sure you disable the DHCP server integrated into vmware. I can't begin to describe the amount of headaches that caused me ;).
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