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Old 08-17-2004, 04:17 PM   #1
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trying to set up a dhcp server to boot diskless workstations

I'm using suse 9.1 trying to set up a dhcp server to use to boot diskless workstations.

I think I have the floppy with the right image on it and when I boot the diskless workstation it does show the mac address of the nic and it then looks for the dhcp server. I might be ok there, I'll worry about using aan eprom in my next life.

I've edited the /etc/dhcpd.conf file following the example in the suse manual. When I check the syntax is says the file is ok, output below "

Checking syntax of /etc/dhcpd.conf:
Config is okay. Hope you also specified existent network devices
Lease file is okay

I'm not sure how to specify esistent network devices. I'm only working with two machines, the server and one diskless cclient. Both deskpro en's

Here is my /etc/dhcpd.conf file:

option domain-name "steibel.ter";
option routers;
option domain-name-servers;
option broadcast-address;
option subnet-mask;

default-lease-time 259200; # 3 days;
max-lease-time 604800; # 1 week;
ddns-update-style ad-hoc;

# these 10 addresses will be given out dynamically
subnet netmask {

#this is the diskless workstation I want to boot

host linuxb {
hardware ethernet 00:90:27:ae:02:e6 ;

I'm not using DNS so here is my hosts file:

hosts This file describes a number of hostname-to-address
# mappings for the TCP/IP subsystem. It is mostly
# used at boot time, when no name servers are running.
# On small systems, this file can be used instead of a
# "named" name server.
# Syntax:
# IP-Address Full-Qualified-Hostname Short-Hostname
# localhost linuxa.steibel.ter linuxa linuxb.steibel.ter linuxb
# special IPv6 addresses
::1 localhost ipv6-localhost ipv6-loopback

fe00::0 ipv6-localnet

ff00::0 ipv6-mcastprefix
# special IPv6 addresses
::1 localhost ipv6-localhost ipv6-loopback

fe00::0 ipv6-localnet

ff00::0 ipv6-mcastprefix
ff02::1 ipv6-allnodes
ff02::2 ipv6-allrouters
ff02::3 ipv6-allhosts

When I boot the Diskless, it waits for the dhcp server, but never gets anything from it.

Again. not sure how to specify esistent network devices.

Any suggestions? I tried bootp, but I was even more confused, been to LTSP. I'd like to do the via dhpc since I understand it a tiny bit.

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