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