Using DHCP to delivery proxy configurations, a hostname integrated with your DNS and more

Many sysadmins use a DHCP server to deliver a simple network configuration (IP, netmask, gateway and DNS servers), but you can use this service to configure a lot of applications. For example:

  • NTP – configure the same NTP servers for all clients
  • DDNS – configure a hostname and a dynamic IP address for your workstations and send this information to your DNS server. This way you can resolve a hostname provided by a DHCP server.
  • Proxy HTTP – configure the proxy settings in a DHCP server rather than in a lot of browser settings.
  • Log servers – use a log server for your clients and configure the server by DHCP
  • LPR servers – configure your print server through a DHCP option
  • much more – see more on the manual below, in ‘DHCP options’ section

Fernando Mariano

Graduated in Computer Engineering and has been working with Systems Administration for 9 years and develops his startup called Enter Concursos.

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