Setting UP DHCP SERVER In Linux

DHCP, or Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, allows an administrator to configure network settings for all clients on a central server.

The DHCP clients request an IP address and other network settings from the DHCP server on the network. The DHCP server in turn leases the client an IP address within a given range or leases the client an IP address based on the MAC address of the client’s network interface card (NIC). The information includes its IP address, along with the network’s name server, gateway, and proxy addresses, including the netmask.

Nothing has to be configured manually on the local system, except to specify the DHCP server it should get its network configuration from. If an IP address is assigned according to the MAC address of the client’s NIC, the same IP address can be leased to the client every time the client requests one. DHCP makes network administration easier and less prone to error.

Configure dhcp server

dhcp rpm is required to configure dhcp server. check it if not found then install

[root@manish~]# rpm -qa | grep dhcp


Now check dhcpd service in system service it should be on

[root@manish ~]# chkconfig –list | grep dhcp*

dhcpd       0:off   1:off   2:off   3:on   4:on   5:on   6:off


Select System service from list


To assign IP to dhcp server

DHCP server have a static a ip address. First configure the ip address with netmask of on server.

Main configuration file of dhcp server is dhcpd.conf. This file located on /etc directory. If this file is not present there or you have corrupted this file, then copy new file first, if ask for overwrite press y

[root@manish ~]# cp /usr/share/doc/dhcp-3.0.5/dhcpd.conf.sample /etc/dhcpd.conf

cp: overwrite  ‘/etc/dhcpd.conf’ ? y

now open /etc/dhcpd.conf and modify it so that it looks like

# Sample configuration file for ISC dhcpd

# option definitions common to all supported networks…
#option domain-name “”;
subnet  netmask {
# option routers;
# option domain-name-servers;
allow bootp;
allow booting;
default-lease-time 600;
max-lease-time 7200;
group My server group{
filename “pxelinux.0”;
host manish {

option routers;

option domain-name-servers;

hardware ethernet   D4:3D:7E:1A:6E:6B;

now create a blank file use to store the allocated ip address information

[root@manish~]# touch /var/lib/dhcpd/dhcpd.leases

Now restart dhcpd service and on it with chkconfig commands

[root@manish~]# service dhcpd restart

Linux Client configuration

Client configuration is very easy and straightforward. All you need to do is set ip address to dynamic in the properties of lan card. In linux

#setup select network configuration from menu list

Select lan card and enter on ok

Select USE DHCP and enter on ok

Now click on quit and quit to come back on root prompt

Now restart the network service to obtain ip from dhcp server



About Manish Jha

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in VMware Software India Pvt Ltd as Operations System Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 5 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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