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Old 07-25-2013, 02:40 PM   #1
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DHCPD configuration to not give default gateway to a set of clients


In a specific subnet, there are some DHCP clients that I don't want to have a default gateway, but I want all the other clients to have a default gateway set.

I can identify the exception hosts by MAC address without problem, but what would I use as config in dhcpd.conf?

For the curious, I need this config because most clients in this subnet are regular clients, with only one IP address, but a few of them are Windows clients that are in 2 vlans and if I provide two default gateway to a Windows machine, it doesn't know which one to use or chooses randomly, and when it uses the wrong one, it can't reach its destination.

Here is what I tried:

subnet netmask {

        class "Win" {
                match hardware;

        subclass "Win" 64:31:50:33:B5:23; 
        subclass "Win" 40:0e:85:03:61:17;  

# Pools

        pool {
        option domain-name-servers      192.168.x.x,192.168.x.x;
        option domain-name                      "mydomain.lan";
        option routers;
        option subnet-mask;
        deny members of "Win";

        pool {
        option domain-name-servers      192.168.x.x,192.168.x.x;
        option domain-name                      "mydomain.lan";
        option subnet-mask;
        allow members of "Win";
        deny unknown-clients;
However, clients that match the configured MAC addresses still get the same IP address and still get the default gateway.
Old 07-25-2013, 06:37 PM   #2
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Have you been able to determine whether the problem is with the class/subclass definition or if the second pool incorrectly "inherits" the gateway setting from the first pool? Temporarily changing another, common pool parameter (like the domain name) should help narrow it down.

FWIW, in the sample configurations I've seen, the syntax for MAC address matching has always looked like this:
class Win {
match pick-first-value (option dhcp-client-identifier, hardware);
You could try that and see if it makes a difference.


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