Configuring the DHCP Server

Configuration options for the DHCP server are stored in /etc/dhcpd.conf. The default file is heavily commented, so standard configuration is quite easy. We will configure a standard server, giving out IP addresses on a range of 192.168.0.10-192.168.0.250 inclusive. We add the relevant configuration options to the /etc/dhcpd.conf configuration file throughout the rest of this chapter.

Note When configuring your DHCP server, one of the first things you need to think about is whether this server is to be an authoritative DHCP server. When you say that a DHCP server is authoritative, you are telling it that it controls DHCP service for the local network. This helps to stop "rogue" servers from confusing your clients.

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