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       dhcpd.conf - dhcpd configuration	file

       The  dhcpd.conf	file contains configuration information	for dhcpd, the
       Internet	Systems	Consortium DHCP	Server.

       The dhcpd.conf file is a	free-form ASCII	text file.  It	is  parsed  by
       the  recursive-descent  parser  built into dhcpd.  The file may contain
       extra tabs and newlines for formatting purposes.	 Keywords in the  file
       are  case-insensitive.  Comments	may be placed anywhere within the file
       (except within quotes).	Comments begin with the	# character and	end at
       the end of the line.

       The file	essentially consists of	a list of statements.  Statements fall
       into two	broad categories - parameters and declarations.

       Parameter statements either say how to do something (e.g., how  long  a
       lease  to  offer),  whether to do something (e.g., should dhcpd provide
       addresses to unknown clients), or what parameters  to  provide  to  the
       client (e.g., use gateway

       Declarations  are  used	to  describe  the  topology of the network, to
       describe	clients	on the network,	 to  provide  addresses	 that  can  be
       assigned	 to  clients,  or to apply a group of parameters to a group of
       declarations.  In any group of parameters and declarations, all parame-
       ters  must  be  specified before	any declarations which depend on those
       parameters may be specified.

       Declarations about network topology include the shared-network and  the
       subnet  declarations.   If  clients  on	a  subnet  are	to be assigned
       addresses dynamically, a	range declaration must appear within the  sub-
       net  declaration.   For	clients	with statically	assigned addresses, or
       for installations where only known clients will be  served,  each  such
       client  must  have a host declaration.  If parameters are to be applied
       to a group of declarations which	are not	related	strictly on a per-sub-
       net basis, the group declaration	can be used.

       For  every  subnet  which will be served, and for every subnet to which
       the dhcp	server is connected, there must	 be  one  subnet  declaration,
       which  tells  dhcpd how to recognize that an address is on that subnet.
       A subnet	declaration is required	for each subnet	even if	 no  addresses
       will be dynamically allocated on	that subnet.

       Some  installations  have  physical  networks on	which more than	one IP
       subnet operates.	 For example, if there is a site-wide requirement that
       8-bit  subnet  masks  be	 used, but a department	with a single physical
       ethernet	network	expands	to the point where it has more than 254	nodes,
       it may be necessary to run two 8-bit subnets on the same	ethernet until
       such time as a new physical network can be added.  In  this  case,  the
       subnet  declarations  for  these	 two  networks	must  be enclosed in a
       shared-network declaration.

       Note that even when the shared-network declaration is absent, an	 empty
       one  is	created	 by  the  server to contain the	subnet (and any	scoped
       parameters included in the subnet).  For	practical purposes, this means
       that  "stateless"  DHCP	clients,  which	are not	tied to	addresses (and
       therefore subnets) will receive	the  same  configuration  as  stateful

       Some  sites  may	 have  departments which have clients on more than one
       subnet, but it may be desirable to offer	those clients a	uniform	set of
       parameters  which  are  different than what would be offered to clients
       from other departments on the same subnet.  For clients which  will  be
       declared	 explicitly  with host declarations, these declarations	can be
       enclosed	in a group declaration along with  the	parameters  which  are
       common to that department.  For clients whose addresses will be dynami-
       cally assigned, class declarations and conditional declarations may  be
       used  to	 group	parameter  assignments based on	information the	client

       When a client is	to be booted, its boot parameters  are	determined  by
       consulting that client's	host declaration (if any), and then consulting
       any class declarations matching the client, followed by the pool,  sub-
       net  and	shared-network declarations for	the IP address assigned	to the
       client.	Each of	these declarations itself  appears  within  a  lexical
       scope,  and  all	 declarations at less specific lexical scopes are also
       consulted for client option declarations.  Scopes are never  considered
       twice,  and  if	parameters  are	 declared  in more than	one scope, the
       parameter declared in the most specific scope is	the one	that is	used.

       When dhcpd tries	to find	a host declaration  for	 a  client,  it	 first
       looks for a host	declaration which has a	fixed-address declaration that
       lists an	IP address that	is valid for the subnet	or shared  network  on
       which  the  client  is  booting.	 If it doesn't find any	such entry, it
       tries to	find an	entry which has	no fixed-address declaration.

       A typical dhcpd.conf file will look something like this:

       global parameters...

       subnet netmask {
	 subnet-specific parameters...

       subnet netmask {
	 subnet-specific parameters...

       subnet netmask {
	 subnet-specific parameters...

       group {
	 group-specific	parameters...
	 host {
	   host-specific parameters...
	 host {
	   host-specific parameters...
	 host {
	   host-specific parameters...

				      Figure 1

       Notice that at the beginning of the file, there's a  place  for	global
       parameters.  These might	be things like the organization's domain name,
       the addresses of	the name servers (if they are  common  to  the	entire
       organization), and so on.  So, for example:

	    option domain-name "";
	    option domain-name-servers,;

				      Figure 2

       As  you	can see	in Figure 2, you can specify host addresses in parame-
       ters using their	domain names rather than their numeric	IP  addresses.
       If  a given hostname resolves to	more than one IP address (for example,
       if that host has	two ethernet interfaces), then	where  possible,  both
       addresses are supplied to the client.

       The  most obvious reason	for having subnet-specific parameters as shown
       in Figure 1 is that each	subnet,	of necessity, has its own router.   So
       for the first subnet, for example, there	should be something like:

	    option routers;

       Note  that  the	address	 here  is  specified numerically.  This	is not
       required	- if you have a	different domain name for  each	 interface  on
       your  router, it's perfectly legitimate to use the domain name for that
       interface instead of the	numeric	address.  However, in many cases there
       may  be only one	domain name for	all of a router's IP addresses,	and it
       would not be appropriate	to use that name here.

       In Figure 1 there is also a  group  statement,  which  provides	common
       parameters  for	a set of three hosts - zappo, beppo and	harpo.	As you
       can see,	these hosts are	all in the	domain,	 so  it	 might
       make  sense  for	a group-specific parameter to override the domain name
       supplied	to these hosts:

	    option domain-name "";

       Also, given the domain they're in, these	are  probably  test  machines.
       If we wanted to test the	DHCP leasing mechanism,	we might set the lease
       timeout somewhat	shorter	than the default:

	    max-lease-time 120;
	    default-lease-time 120;

       You may have noticed that while some parameters start with  the	option
       keyword,	some do	not.  Parameters starting with the option keyword cor-
       respond to actual DHCP options, while parameters	that do	not start with
       the  option  keyword  either  control  the  behavior of the DHCP	server
       (e.g., how long a lease dhcpd will give out), or	specify	client parame-
       ters  that  are not optional in the DHCP	protocol (for example, server-
       name and	filename).

       In Figure 1, each  host	had  host-specific  parameters.	  These	 could
       include	such  things  as  the  hostname	 option, the name of a file to
       upload (the filename parameter) and the	address	 of  the  server  from
       which  to upload	the file (the next-server parameter).  In general, any
       parameter can appear anywhere that parameters are allowed, and will  be
       applied according to the	scope in which the parameter appears.

       Imagine that you	have a site with a lot of NCD X-Terminals.  These ter-
       minals come in a	variety	of models, and you want	to  specify  the  boot
       files  for each model.  One way to do this would	be to have host	decla-
       rations for each	server and group them by model:

       group {
	 filename "Xncd19r";
	 next-server ncd-booter;

	 host ncd1 { hardware ethernet 0:c0:c3:49:2b:57; }
	 host ncd4 { hardware ethernet 0:c0:c3:80:fc:32; }
	 host ncd8 { hardware ethernet 0:c0:c3:22:46:81; }

       group {
	 filename "Xncd19c";
	 next-server ncd-booter;

	 host ncd2 { hardware ethernet 0:c0:c3:88:2d:81; }
	 host ncd3 { hardware ethernet 0:c0:c3:00:14:11; }

       group {
	 filename "XncdHMX";
	 next-server ncd-booter;

	 host ncd1 { hardware ethernet 0:c0:c3:11:90:23; }
	 host ncd4 { hardware ethernet 0:c0:c3:91:a7:8;	}
	 host ncd8 { hardware ethernet 0:c0:c3:cc:a:8f;	}

       The pool	and pool6 declarations can  be	used  to  specify  a  pool  of
       addresses  that	will  be  treated  differently	than  another  pool of
       addresses, even on the same network segment or  subnet.	 For  example,
       you  may	 want to provide a large set of	addresses that can be assigned
       to DHCP clients that are	registered to your DHCP	server,	while  provid-
       ing  a  smaller set of addresses, possibly with short lease times, that
       are available for unknown clients.  If you have a firewall, you may  be
       able to arrange for addresses from one pool to be allowed access	to the
       Internet, while addresses in another pool  are  not,  thus  encouraging
       users  to  register their DHCP clients.	To do this, you	would set up a
       pair of pool declarations:

       subnet netmask {
	 option	routers;

	 # Unknown clients get this pool.
	 pool {
	   option domain-name-servers;
	   max-lease-time 300;
	   allow unknown-clients;

	 # Known clients get this pool.
	 pool {
	   option domain-name-servers,;
	   max-lease-time 28800;
	   deny	unknown-clients;

       It is also possible to set up entirely different	subnets	for known  and
       unknown	clients	- address pools	exist at the level of shared networks,
       so address ranges within	pool declarations can be on different subnets.

       As you can see in the preceding example,	pools can  have	 permit	 lists
       that  control  which  clients  are allowed access to the	pool and which
       aren't.	Each entry in a	pool's permit  list  is	 introduced  with  the
       allow  or  deny	keyword.  If a pool has	a permit list, then only those
       clients that match specific entries on the permit list will be eligible
       to  be  assigned	 addresses  from the pool.  If a pool has a deny list,
       then only those clients that do not match any entries on	the deny  list
       will  be	 eligible.    If  both permit and deny lists exist for a pool,
       then only clients that match the	permit list and	do not match the  deny
       list will be allowed access.

       The pool6 declaration is	similar	to the pool declaration.  Currently it
       is only allowed within a	subnet6	declaration, and may not  be  included
       directly	 in  a	shared network declaration.  In	addition to the	range6
       statement it allows the prefix6 statement  to  be  included.   You  may
       include range6 statements for both NA and TA and	prefixy6 statements in
       a single	pool6 statement.

       Address allocation is actually only done	when a client is in  the  INIT
       state and has sent a DHCPDISCOVER message.  If the client thinks	it has
       a valid lease and sends a DHCPREQUEST to	initiate or renew that	lease,
       the server has only three choices - it can ignore the DHCPREQUEST, send
       a DHCPNAK to tell the client it should stop using the address, or  send
       a  DHCPACK,  telling  the  client to go ahead and use the address for a

       If the server finds the address the  client  is	requesting,  and  that
       address is available to the client, the server will send	a DHCPACK.  If
       the address is no longer	available, or the client  isn't	 permitted  to
       have  it,  the server will send a DHCPNAK.  If the server knows nothing
       about the address, it will remain silent, unless	the address is	incor-
       rect  for the network segment to	which the client has been attached and
       the server is authoritative for that network segment, in	which case the
       server  will  send  a  DHCPNAK  even  though  it	doesn't	know about the

       There may be a host declaration matching	the  client's  identification.
       If  that	 host  declaration  contains  a	fixed-address declaration that
       lists an	IP address that	is valid for the network segment to which  the
       client  is  connected.	In  this  case,	 the DHCP server will never do
       dynamic address allocation.  In this case, the client  is  required  to
       take  the  address  specified  in  the host declaration.	 If the	client
       sends a DHCPREQUEST for some other address,  the	 server	 will  respond
       with a DHCPNAK.

       When  the  DHCP	server allocates a new address for a client (remember,
       this only happens if the	client has  sent  a  DHCPDISCOVER),  it	 first
       looks  to see if	the client already has a valid lease on	an IP address,
       or if there is an old IP	address	the client had before that hasn't  yet
       been  reassigned.   In that case, the server will take that address and
       check it	to see if the client is	still permitted	to  use	 it.   If  the
       client  is  no  longer  permitted  to use it, the lease is freed	if the
       server thought it was still in use - the	fact that the client has  sent
       a  DHCPDISCOVER proves to the server that the client is no longer using
       the lease.

       If no existing lease is found, or if the	client is forbidden to receive
       the  existing  lease,  then the server will look	in the list of address
       pools for the network segment to	which the client  is  attached	for  a
       lease  that is not in use and that the client is	permitted to have.  It
       looks through each pool declaration in sequence (all range declarations
       that appear outside of pool declarations	are grouped into a single pool
       with no permit list).  If the permit  list  for	the  pool  allows  the
       client  to be allocated an address from that pool, the pool is examined
       to see if there is an address available.	 If so,	 then  the  client  is
       tentatively assigned that address.  Otherwise, the next pool is tested.
       If no addresses are found that  can  be	assigned  to  the  client,  no
       response	is sent	to the client.

       If  an  address is found	that the client	is permitted to	have, and that
       has never been assigned to any client before, the  address  is  immedi-
       ately allocated to the client.  If the address is available for alloca-
       tion but	has been previously assigned to	a different client, the	server
       will  keep looking in hopes of finding an address that has never	before
       been assigned to	a client.

       The DHCP	server generates the list of available	IP  addresses  from  a
       hash  table.   This means that the addresses are	not sorted in any par-
       ticular order, and so it	is not possible	to predict the order in	 which
       the DHCP	server will allocate IP	addresses.  Users of previous versions
       of the ISC DHCP server may have become accustomed to  the  DHCP	server
       allocating  IP addresses	in ascending order, but	this is	no longer pos-
       sible, and there	is no way to configure this behavior with version 3 of
       the ISC DHCP server.

       The  DHCP  server  checks IP addresses to see if	they are in use	before
       allocating them to clients.  It does  this  by  sending	an  ICMP  Echo
       request	message	 to  the  IP address being allocated.  If no ICMP Echo
       reply is	received within	a second, the address is assumed to  be	 free.
       This  is	 only done for leases that have	been specified in range	state-
       ments, and only when the	lease is thought by the	DHCP server to be free
       -  i.e.,	 the DHCP server or its	failover peer has not listed the lease
       as in use.

       If a response is	received to an ICMP  Echo  request,  the  DHCP	server
       assumes	that there is a	configuration error - the IP address is	in use
       by some host on the network that	is not a DHCP client.	It  marks  the
       address as abandoned, and will not assign it to clients.

       If  a  DHCP  client tries to get	an IP address, but none	are available,
       but there are abandoned IP addresses, then the DHCP server will attempt
       to  reclaim  an abandoned IP address.  It marks one IP address as free,
       and then	does the same ICMP Echo	request	 check	described  previously.
       If there	is no answer to	the ICMP Echo request, the address is assigned
       to the client.

       The DHCP	server does not	cycle through abandoned	IP  addresses  if  the
       first  IP  address  it tries to reclaim is free.	 Rather, when the next
       DHCPDISCOVER comes in from the client, it will attempt a	new allocation
       using  the  same	method described here, and will	typically try a	new IP

       This version of the ISC DHCP server supports the	DHCP failover protocol
       as  documented  in draft-ietf-dhc-failover-12.txt.  This	is not a final
       protocol	document, and we have not done interoperability	 testing  with
       other vendors' implementations of this protocol,	so you must not	assume
       that this implementation	conforms to the	standard.  If you wish to  use
       the  failover  protocol,	make sure that both failover peers are running
       the same	version	of the ISC DHCP	server.

       The failover protocol allows two	DHCP servers (and no more than two) to
       share  a	 common	address	pool.  Each server will	have about half	of the
       available IP addresses in the pool at any given	time  for  allocation.
       If one server fails, the	other server will continue to renew leases out
       of the pool, and	will allocate new addresses out	of the roughly half of
       available  addresses  that  it  had  when communications	with the other
       server were lost.

       It is possible during a prolonged failure to tell the remaining	server
       that  the other server is down, in which	case the remaining server will
       (over time) reclaim all the addresses the other	server	had  available
       for  allocation,	 and  begin to reuse them.  This is called putting the
       server into the PARTNER-DOWN state.

       You can put the server into the PARTNER-DOWN state either by using  the
       omshell	(1)  command  or  by  stopping	the  server,  editing the last
       failover	state declaration  in  the  lease  file,  and  restarting  the
       server.	If you use this	last method, change the	"my state" line	to:

       failover	peer name state	{
       my state	partner-down;.
       peer state state	at date;

       It is only required to change "my state"	as shown above.

       When the	other server comes back	online,	it should automatically	detect
       that it has been	offline	and request a complete update from the	server
       that  was running in the	PARTNER-DOWN state, and	then both servers will
       resume processing together.

       It is possible to get into a dangerous situation: if you	put one	server
       into  the PARTNER-DOWN state, and then *that* server goes down, and the
       other server comes back up, the other server will  not  know  that  the
       first  server  was  in  the PARTNER-DOWN	state, and may issue addresses
       previously issued by the	other server to	different  clients,  resulting
       in  IP  address	conflicts.   Before putting a server into PARTNER-DOWN
       state, therefore, make sure that	the  other  server  will  not  restart

       The  failover  protocol	defines	 a primary server role and a secondary
       server role.  There are some differences	in how	primaries  and	secon-
       daries  act, but	most of	the differences	simply have to do with provid-
       ing a way for each peer to behave in the	opposite way from  the	other.
       So one server must be configured	as primary, and	the other must be con-
       figured as secondary, and it doesn't  matter  too  much	which  one  is

       When  a	server	starts	that  has not previously communicated with its
       failover	peer, it must establish	communications with its	failover  peer
       and  synchronize	 with it before	it can serve clients.  This can	happen
       either because you have just configured your DHCP  servers  to  perform
       failover	 for  the  first time, or because one of your failover servers
       has failed catastrophically and lost its	database.

       The initial recovery process  is	 designed  to  ensure  that  when  one
       failover	 peer  loses  its database and then resynchronizes, any	leases
       that the	failed server gave out before it failed	will be	honored.  When
       the  failed  server starts up, it notices that it has no	saved failover
       state, and attempts to contact its peer.

       When it has established contact,	it asks	the peer for a	complete  copy
       its  peer's lease database.  The	peer then sends	its complete database,
       and sends a message indicating that it is done.	The failed server then
       waits until MCLT	has passed, and	once MCLT has passed both servers make
       the transition back into	normal operation.  This	waiting	period ensures
       that  any leases	the failed server may have given out while out of con-
       tact with its partner will have expired.

       While the failed	server is recovering, its partner remains in the part-
       ner-down	state, which means that	it is serving all clients.  The	failed
       server provides no service at all to DHCP clients until it has made the
       transition into normal operation.

       In  the case where both servers detect that they	have never before com-
       municated with their partner, they both come up in this recovery	 state
       and follow the procedure	we have	just described.	 In this case, no ser-
       vice will be provided to	DHCP clients until MCLT	has expired.

       In order	to configure failover, you need	to write  a  peer  declaration
       that  configures	the failover protocol, and you need to write peer ref-
       erences in each pool declaration	for which you  want  to	 do  failover.
       You  do	not  have to do	failover for all pools on a given network seg-
       ment.   You must	not tell one server it's doing failover	on a  particu-
       lar  address  pool and tell the other it	is not.	 You must not have any
       common address pools on which you are not doing failover.  A pool  dec-
       laration	that utilizes failover would look like this:

       pool {
	    failover peer "foo";
	    pool specific parameters

       The   server currently  does very  little  sanity checking,  so if  you
       configure it wrong, it will just	 fail in odd ways.  I would  recommend
       therefore  that you either do  failover or don't	do failover, but don't
       do any mixed pools.  Also,  use the same	master configuration file  for
       both   servers,	and  have  a  separate file  that  contains  the  peer
       declaration and includes	the master file.  This will help you to	 avoid
       configuration   mismatches.  As our  implementation evolves,  this will
       become  less of	a  problem.  A	basic  sample dhcpd.conf  file for   a
       primary server might look like this:

       failover	peer "foo" {
	 port 519;
	 peer address;
	 peer port 520;
	 max-response-delay 60;
	 max-unacked-updates 10;
	 mclt 3600;
	 split 128;
	 load balance max seconds 3;

       include "/etc/dhcpd.master";

       The statements in the peer declaration are as follows:

       The primary and secondary statements

	 [ primary | secondary ];

	 This  determines  whether  the	 server	 is  primary  or secondary, as
	 described earlier under DHCP FAILOVER.

       The address statement

	 address address;

	 The address statement declares	the IP address or DNS  name  on	 which
	 the  server should listen for connections from	its failover peer, and
	 also the value	to use for the DHCP Failover Protocol  server  identi-
	 fier.	 Because  this	value  is used as an identifier, it may	not be

       The peer	address	statement

	 peer address address;

	 The peer address statement declares the IP address  or	 DNS  name  to
	 which	the  server  should  connect  to  reach	 its failover peer for
	 failover messages.

       The port	statement

	 port port-number;

	 The port statement declares the TCP port on which the	server	should
	 listen	for connections	from its failover peer.	 This statement	may be
	 omitted, in which case	the IANA assigned port number 647 will be used
	 by default.

       The peer	port statement

	 peer port port-number;

	 The  peer  port  statement  declares the TCP port to which the	server
	 should	connect	to reach its  failover	peer  for  failover  messages.
	 This  statement  may be omitted, in which case	the IANA assigned port
	 number	647 will be used by default.

       The max-response-delay statement

	 max-response-delay seconds;

	 The max-response-delay	statement tells	the DHCP server	how many  sec-
	 onds  may  pass  without  receiving  a	message	from its failover peer
	 before	it assumes that	connection has failed.	This number should  be
	 small enough that a transient network failure that breaks the connec-
	 tion will not result in the servers being out of communication	for  a
	 long  time,  but large	enough that the	server isn't constantly	making
	 and breaking connections.  This parameter must	be specified.

       The max-unacked-updates statement

	 max-unacked-updates count;

	 The max-unacked-updates statement tells the remote  DHCP  server  how
	 many BNDUPD messages it can send before it receives a BNDACK from the
	 local system.	We don't have enough  operational  experience  to  say
	 what  a good value for	this is, but 10	seems to work.	This parameter
	 must be specified.

       The mclt	statement

	 mclt seconds;

	 The mclt statement defines the	Maximum	Client Lead Time.  It must  be
	 specified  on the primary, and	may not	be specified on	the secondary.
	 This is the length of time for	which a	lease may be renewed by	either
	 failover peer without contacting the other.  The longer you set this,
	 the longer it	will  take  for	 the  running  server  to  recover  IP
	 addresses  after moving into PARTNER-DOWN state.  The shorter you set
	 it, the more load your	servers	will experience	when they are not com-
	 municating.   A  value	of something like 3600 is probably reasonable,
	 but again bear	in mind	that we	have no	 real  operational  experience
	 with this.

       The split statement

	 split index;

	 The  split statement specifies	the split between the primary and sec-
	 ondary	for the	purposes of load balancing.  Whenever a	client makes a
	 DHCP  request,	 the DHCP server runs a	hash on	the client identifica-
	 tion, resulting in value from 0 to 255.  This is  used	 as  an	 index
	 into  a  256 bit field.  If the bit at	that index is set, the primary
	 is responsible.  If the bit at	that index is not set,	the  secondary
	 is  responsible.   The	split value determines how many	of the leading
	 bits are set to one.  So, in practice,	higher split values will cause
	 the  primary  to  serve more clients than the secondary.  Lower split
	 values, the converse.	Legal values are between 0 and 255,  of	 which
	 the most reasonable is	128.

       The hba statement

	 hba colon-separated-hex-list;

	 The  hba  statement  specifies	the split between the primary and sec-
	 ondary	as a bitmap rather than	a cutoff, which	 theoretically	allows
	 for  finer-grained  control.	In practice, there is probably no need
	 for such fine-grained control,	however.  An example hba statement:

	   hba ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:

	 This is equivalent to a split 128;  statement,	 and  identical.   The
	 following two examples	are also equivalent to a split of 128, but are
	 not identical:

	   hba aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:

	   hba 55:55:55:55:55:55:55:55:55:55:55:55:55:55:55:55:

	 They are equivalent, because half the bits are	set to 0, half are set
	 to  1	(0xa and 0x5 are 1010 and 0101 binary respectively) and	conse-
	 quently this would roughly divide the	clients	 equally  between  the
	 servers.  They	are not	identical, because the actual peers this would
	 load balance to each server are different for each example.

	 You must only have split or hba defined, never	both.  For most	cases,
	 the  fine-grained  control that hba offers isn't necessary, and split
	 should	be used.

       The load	balance	max seconds statement

	 load balance max seconds seconds;

	 This statement	allows you to configure	a cutoff after which load bal-
	 ancing	 is  disabled.	 The  cutoff is	based on the number of seconds
	 since the client sent its first DHCPDISCOVER or DHCPREQUEST  message,
	 and only works	with clients that correctly implement the secs field -
	 fortunately most clients do.  We recommend setting this to  something
	 like 3	or 5.  The effect of this is that if one of the	failover peers
	 gets into a state where it is responding to failover messages but not
	 responding to some client requests, the other failover	peer will take
	 over its client load automatically as the clients retry.

       The auto-partner-down statement

	 auto-partner-down seconds;

	 This statement	instructs the server to	initiate a  timed  delay  upon
	 entering the communications-interrupted state (any situation of being
	 out-of-contact	with the remote	failover peer).	 At the	conclusion  of
	 the  timer,  the  server  will	 automatically	enter the partner-down
	 state.	 This permits the server to allocate leases from the partner's
	 free  lease  pool after an STOS+MCLT timer expires, which can be dan-
	 gerous	if the partner is in fact  operating  at  the  time  (the  two
	 servers will give conflicting bindings).

	 Think	very carefully before enabling this feature.  The partner-down
	 and communications-interrupted	states	are  intentionally  segregated
	 because there do exist	situations where a failover server can fail to
	 communicate with its peer, but	still has the ability to  receive  and
	 reply to requests from	DHCP clients.  In general, this	feature	should
	 only be used in those deployments  where  the	failover  servers  are
	 directly  connected  to one another, such as by a dedicated hardwired
	 link ("a heartbeat cable").

	 A  zero  value	 disables  the	auto-partner-down  feature  (also  the
	 default),  and	 any  positive	value indicates	the time in seconds to
	 wait before automatically entering partner-down.

       The Failover pool balance statements.

	  max-lease-misbalance percentage;
	  max-lease-ownership percentage;
	  min-balance seconds;
	  max-balance seconds;

	 This version of the DHCP Server evaluates pool	balance	on a schedule,
	 rather	 than  on demand as leases are allocated.  The latter approach
	 proved	to be slightly klunky when pool	misbalanced reach total	 satu-
	 ration	 --  when any server ran out of	leases to assign, it also lost
	 its ability to	notice it had run dry.

	 In order to understand	pool balance, some elements of	its  operation
	 first	need  to  be  defined.	 First,	 there are 'free' and 'backup'
	 leases.  Both of these	 are  referred	to  as	'free  state  leases'.
	 'free'	 and  'backup'	are  'the free states' for the purpose of this
	 document.  The	difference is that only	the primary may	allocate  from
	 'free'	 leases	 unless	under special circumstances, and only the sec-
	 ondary	may allocate 'backup' leases.

	 When pool balance is performed, the only plausible expectation	is  to
	 provide  a  50/50  split  of  the  free  state	leases between the two
	 servers.  This	is because no one can predict which server will	 fail,
	 regardless  of	the relative load placed upon the two servers, so giv-
	 ing each server half the leases gives both servers the	same amount of
	 'failure  endurance'.	 Therefore,  there  is no way to configure any
	 different behaviour, outside of  some	very  small  windows  we  will
	 describe shortly.

	 The  first  thing  calculated	on  any	 pool  balance	run is a value
	 referred to as	'lts', or "Leases To Send".  This, simply, is the dif-
	 ference  in the count of free and backup leases, divided by two.  For
	 the secondary,	it is the difference in	the backup  and	 free  leases,
	 divided  by  two.   The resulting value is signed: if it is positive,
	 the local server is expected to hand out leases  to  retain  a	 50/50
	 balance.   If	it  is	negative, the remote server would need to send
	 leases	to balance the pool.  Once the lts  value  reaches  zero,  the
	 pool  is perfectly balanced (give or take one lease in	the case of an
	 odd number of total free state	leases).

	 The current approach is still	something  of  a  hybrid  of  the  old
	 approach,  marked  by the presence of the max-lease-misbalance	state-
	 ment.	This parameter configures what used to be a 10%	fixed value in
	 previous  versions:  if lts is	less than free+backup *	max-lease-mis-
	 balance percent, then the server will skip balancing a	given pool (it
	 won't	bother	moving	any  leases,  even  if some leases "should" be
	 moved).  The meaning of this value is also somewhat overloaded,  how-
	 ever,	in  that  it also governs the estimation of when to attempt to
	 balance the pool (which may then also be skipped over).   The	oldest
	 leases	 in  the  free	and backup states are examined.	 The time they
	 have resided in their respective queues is used  as  an  estimate  to
	 indicate how much time	it is probable it would	take before the	leases
	 at the	top of the list	would be consumed (and thus, how long it would
	 take  to  use all leases in that state).  This	percentage is directly
	 multiplied by this time, and fit into the schedule if it falls	within
	 the  min-balance  and	max-balance  configured	values.	 The scheduled
	 pool check time is only moved in a downwards direction, it  is	 never
	 increased.  Lastly, if	the lts	is more	than double this number	in the
	 negative direction, the local server  will  'panic'  and  transmit  a
	 Failover  protocol POOLREQ message, in	the hopes that the remote sys-
	 tem will be woken up into action.

	 Once the lts value exceeds  the  max-lease-misbalance	percentage  of
	 total	free  state leases as described	above, leases are moved	to the
	 remote	server.	 This is done in two passes.

	 In the	first pass, only leases	whose most recent bound	 client	 would
	 have been served by the remote	server - according to the Load Balance
	 Algorithm (see	above split and	hba configuration  statements)	-  are
	 given	away  to  the  peer.  This first pass will happily continue to
	 give away leases, decrementing	the lts	value by one for  each,	 until
	 the  lts value	has reached the	negative of the	total number of	leases
	 multiplied by the max-lease-ownership percentage.  So it  is  through
	 this  value that you can permit a small misbalance of the lease pools
	 - for the purpose of giving the peer  more  than  a  50/50  share  of
	 leases	 in  the hopes that their clients might	some day return	and be
	 allocated by the peer (operating normally).  This process is referred
	 to  as	 'MAC  Address	Affinity',  but	 this is somewhat misnamed: it
	 applies equally to DHCP Client	Identifier options.   Note  also  that
	 affinity  is  applied to leases when they enter the state 'free' from
	 'expired' or 'released'.  In this case	also, leases will not be moved
	 from free to backup if	the secondary already has more than its	share.

	 The  second  pass  is	only  entered  into if the first pass fails to
	 reduce	the lts	underneath the total number of free state leases  mul-
	 tiplied  by  the  max-lease-ownership	percentage.  In	this pass, the
	 oldest	leases are given over to the peer without second thought about
	 the  Load  Balance  Algorithm,	and this continues until the lts falls
	 under this value.  In this way, the local server  will	 also  happily
	 keep  a  small	percentage of the leases that would normally load bal-
	 ance to itself.

	 So, the  max-lease-misbalance	value  acts  as	 a  behavioural	 gate.
	 Smaller values	will cause more	leases to transition states to balance
	 the pools over	time, higher values will decrease the amount of	change
	 (but may lead to pool starvation if there's a run on leases).

	 The  max-lease-ownership  value  permits a small (percentage) skew in
	 the lease balance of a	percentage of the total	number of  free	 state

	 Finally,  the	min-balance and	max-balance make certain that a	sched-
	 uled rebalance	event happens within a reasonable timeframe (not to be
	 thrown	off by,	for example, a 7 year old free lease).

	 Plausible  values  for	 the percentages lie between 0 and 100,	inclu-
	 sive, but values over 50 are indistinguishable	from one another (once
	 lts  exceeds  50% of the free state leases, one server	must therefore
	 have 100% of the leases in its	respective free	state).	 It is	recom-
	 mended	 to  select a max-lease-ownership value	that is	lower than the
	 value selected	for the	max-lease-misbalance value.   max-lease-owner-
	 ship defaults to 10, and max-lease-misbalance defaults	to 15.

	 Plausible values for the min-balance and max-balance times also range
	 from 0	to (2^32)-1 (or	the limit of your  local  time_t  value),  but
	 default  to  values 60	and 3600 respectively (to place	balance	events
	 between 1 minute and 1	hour).

       Clients can be separated	into classes, and treated differently  depend-
       ing on what class they are in.  This separation can be done either with
       a conditional statement,	or with	a match	 statement  within  the	 class
       declaration.   It is possible to	specify	a limit	on the total number of
       clients within a	particular class or subclass that may hold  leases  at
       one  time, and it is possible to	specify	automatic subclassing based on
       the contents of the client packet.

       Classing	support	for DHCPv6 clients was addded in  4.3.0.   It  follows
       the  same  rules	 as for	DHCPv4 except that support for billing classes
       has not been added yet.

       To add clients to classes based	on  conditional	 evaluation,  you  can
       specify a matching expression in	the class statement:

       class "ras-clients" {
	 match if substring (option dhcp-client-identifier, 1, 3) = "RAS";

       Note  that  whether  you	use matching expressions or add	statements (or
       both) to	classify clients, you must always write	 a  class  declaration
       for any class that you use.  If there will be no	match statement	and no
       in-scope	statements for a class,	the declaration	should look like this:

       class "ras-clients" {

       In addition to classes, it is possible to declare subclasses.   A  sub-
       class is	a class	with the same name as a	regular	class, but with	a spe-
       cific submatch expression which is hashed for quick matching.  This  is
       essentially  a  speed  hack  - the main difference between five classes
       with match expressions and one class with five subclasses  is  that  it
       will be quicker to find the subclasses.	Subclasses work	as follows:

       class "allocation-class-1" {
	 match pick-first-value	(option	dhcp-client-identifier,	hardware);

       class "allocation-class-2" {
	 match pick-first-value	(option	dhcp-client-identifier,	hardware);

       subclass	"allocation-class-1" 1:8:0:2b:4c:39:ad;
       subclass	"allocation-class-2" 1:8:0:2b:a9:cc:e3;
       subclass	"allocation-class-1" 1:0:0:c4:aa:29:44;

       subnet netmask {
	 pool {
	   allow members of "allocation-class-1";
	 pool {
	   allow members of "allocation-class-2";

       The data	following the class name in the	subclass declaration is	a con-
       stant value to use in matching the  match  expression  for  the	class.
       When class matching is done, the	server will evaluate the match expres-
       sion and	then look the result up	in the hash  table.   If  it  finds  a
       match, the client is considered a member	of both	the class and the sub-

       Subclasses can be declared with or without scope.  In the  above	 exam-
       ple,  the  sole purpose of the subclass is to allow some	clients	access
       to one address pool, while other	clients	are given access to the	 other
       pool,  so these subclasses are declared without scopes.	If part	of the
       purpose of the subclass were to define different	parameter  values  for
       some clients, you might want to declare some subclasses with scopes.

       In  the above example, if you had a single client that needed some con-
       figuration parameters, while most didn't, you might write the following
       subclass	declaration for	that client:

       subclass	"allocation-class-2" 1:08:00:2b:a1:11:31 {
	 option	root-path "samsara:/var/diskless/alphapc";
	 filename "/tftpboot/netbsd.alphapc-diskless";

       In  this	 example,  we've  used subclassing as a	way to control address
       allocation on a per-client basis.  However, it's	also possible  to  use
       subclassing  in ways that are not specific to clients - for example, to
       use the value of	the vendor-class-identifier option to  determine  what
       values  to  send	in the vendor-encapsulated-options option.  An example
       of this is shown	under the VENDOR  ENCAPSULATED	OPTIONS	 head  in  the
       dhcp-options(5) manual page.

       You may specify a limit to the number of	clients	in a class that	can be
       assigned	leases.	 The effect of this will be to make it difficult for a
       new  client  in	a  class  to get an address.  Once a class with	such a
       limit has reached its limit, the	only way a new client  in  that	 class
       can  get	 a  lease  is  for an existing client to relinquish its	lease,
       either by letting it  expire,  or  by  sending  a  DHCPRELEASE  packet.
       Classes with lease limits are specified as follows:

       class "limited-1" {
	 lease limit 4;

       This will produce a class in which a maximum of four members may	hold a
       lease at	one time.

       It is possible to declare a spawning class.   A	spawning  class	 is  a
       class  that  automatically produces subclasses based on what the	client
       sends.  The reason that spawning	classes	were created was  to  make  it
       possible	 to  create  lease-limited classes on the fly.	The envisioned
       application is a	cable-modem environment	where the ISP wishes  to  pro-
       vide  clients  at  a particular site with more than one IP address, but
       does not	wish to	provide	such clients with their	own subnet,  nor  give
       them  an	 unlimited  number of IP addresses from	the network segment to
       which they are connected.

       Many cable modem	head-end systems can be	 configured  to	 add  a	 Relay
       Agent Information option	to DHCP	packets	when relaying them to the DHCP
       server.	These systems typically	add a circuit ID or remote  ID	option
       that uniquely identifies	the customer site.  To take advantage of this,
       you can write a class declaration as follows:

       class "customer"	{
	 spawn with option agent.circuit-id;
	 lease limit 4;

       Now whenever a request comes in from a customer site,  the  circuit  ID
       option  will  be	checked	against	the class's hash table.	 If a subclass
       is found	that matches the circuit ID, the client	will be	classified  in
       that  subclass and treated accordingly.	If no subclass is found	match-
       ing the circuit ID, a new  one  will  be	 created  and  logged  in  the
       dhcpd.leases file, and the client will be classified in this new	class.
       Once the	client has been	classified, it will be	treated	 according  to
       the  rules  of the class, including, in this case, being	subject	to the
       per-site	limit of four leases.

       The use of the subclass spawning	mechanism is not restricted  to	 relay
       agent  options  - this particular example is given only because it is a
       fairly straightforward one.

       In some cases, it may be	useful to  use	one  expression	 to  assign  a
       client  to a particular class, and a second expression to put it	into a
       subclass	of that	class.	This can be done by combining the match	if and
       spawn with statements, or the match if and match	statements.  For exam-

       class "jr-cable-modems" {
	 match if option dhcp-vendor-identifier	= "jrcm";
	 spawn with option agent.circuit-id;
	 lease limit 4;

       class "dv-dsl-modems" {
	 match if option dhcp-vendor-identifier	= "dvdsl";
	 spawn with option agent.circuit-id;
	 lease limit 16;

       This allows you to have two classes that	both have the same spawn  with
       expression without getting the clients in the two classes confused with
       each other.

       The DHCP	server has the ability to dynamically update the  Domain  Name
       System.	 Within	 the  configuration files, you can define how you want
       the Domain Name System to be updated.  These updates are	RFC 2136  com-
       pliant  so  any DNS server supporting RFC 2136 should be	able to	accept
       updates from the	DHCP server.

       There are two DNS schemes implemented.  The interim option is based  on
       draft  revisions	 of  the  DDNS	documents while	the standard option is
       based on	the RFCs for DHCP-DNS interaction and DHCIDs.  A third option,
       ad-hoc,	was  deprecated	 and  has now been removed from	the code base.
       The DHCP	server must be configured to use one of	the two	currently-sup-
       ported methods, or not to do DNS	updates.

       New  installations  should use the standard option. Older installations
       may want	to continue using the interim option for backwards compatibil-
       ity  with the DNS database until	the database can be updated.  This can
       be done with the	ddns-update-style configuration	parameter.

       the interim and standard	DNS update schemes operate mostly according to
       work  from  the	IETF.	The interim version was	based on the drafts in
       progress	at the time while the standard is based	on the completed RFCs.
       The standard RFCs are:

			    RFC	4701 (updated by RF5494)
				      RFC 4702
				      RFC 4703

       And the corresponding drafts were:


       The  basic framework for	the two	schemes	is similar with	the main mate-
       rial difference being that a DHCID RR is	used in	the  standard  version
       while the interim versions uses a TXT RR.  The format of	the TXT	record
       bears a resemblance to the DHCID	RR but it is not  equivalent  (MD5  vs
       SHA2, field length differences etc).

       In these	two schemes the	DHCP server does not necessarily always	update
       both the	A and the PTR records.	The FQDN option	includes a flag	which,
       when sent by the	client,	indicates that the client wishes to update its
       own A record.  In that case, the	server can  be	configured  either  to
       honor  the  client's  intentions	or ignore them.	 This is done with the
       statement  allow	 client-updates;  or  the  statement  ignore   client-
       updates;.  By default, client updates are allowed.

       If the server is	configured to allow client updates, then if the	client
       sends a fully-qualified domain name in the FQDN option, the server will
       use  that  name	the  client  sent in the FQDN option to	update the PTR
       record.	For example, let us say	that the client	is a visitor from  the
       ""  domain,  whose  hostname is "jschmoe".  The server	is for
       the "" domain.  The DHCP client indicates in the FQDN	option
       that  its  FQDN	is  "".   It	also indicates that it
       wants to	update its own A record.  The DHCP server therefore  does  not
       attempt	to  set	 up  an	A record for the client, but does set up a PTR
       record for the IP address that  it  assigns  the	 client,  pointing  at   Once  the	DHCP  client has an IP address,	it can
       update its own A	record,	assuming that the "" DNS server will
       allow it	to do so.

       If  the	server	is  configured	not to allow client updates, or	if the
       client doesn't want to do its own update, the server will simply	choose
       a  name	for the	client from either the fqdn option (if present)	or the
       hostname	option (if present).  It will use its own domain name for  the
       client.	 It will then update both the A	and PTR	record,	using the name
       that it chose for the client.  If the client  sends  a  fully-qualified
       domain  name in the fqdn	option,	the server uses	only the leftmost part
       of the domain name  -  in  the  example	above,	"jschmoe"  instead  of

       If  the defaults	for choosing the host name are not appropriate you can
       write your own statement	to set the ddns-hostname variable as you wish.

       Further,	if the ignore client-updates;  directive  is  used,  then  the
       server  will  in	addition send a	response in the	DHCP packet, using the
       FQDN Option, that implies to the	client that it should perform its  own
       updates	if it chooses to do so.	 With deny client-updates;, a response
       is sent which indicates the client may not perform updates.

       Both the	standard and interim options also include a  method  to	 allow
       more  than  one DHCP server to update the DNS database without acciden-
       tally deleting A	records	that shouldn't be deleted nor failing to add A
       records that should be added.  For the standard option the method works
       as follows:

       When the	DHCP server issues a client a new lease,  it  creates  a  text
       string  that  is	an SHA hash over the DHCP client's identification (see
       RFCs 4701 & 4702	for details).  The update attempts to add an A	record
       with the	name the server	chose and a DHCID record containing the	hashed
       identifier string (hashid).  If this update  succeeds,  the  server  is

       If  the update fails because the	A record already exists, then the DHCP
       server attempts to add the A record with	the  prerequisite  that	 there
       must  be	 a DHCID record	in the same name as the	new A record, and that
       DHCID record's contents must be equal to	hashid.	 If this  update  suc-
       ceeds,  then  the client	has its	A record and PTR record.  If it	fails,
       then the	name the client	has been assigned (or requested)  is  in  use,
       and  can't  be used by the client.  At this point the DHCP server gives
       up trying to do a DNS update for	the client until the client chooses  a
       new name.

       The  server  also  does not update very aggressively.  Because each DNS
       update involves a round trip to the DNS server, there is	a cost associ-
       ated  with  doing  updates  even	if they	do not actually	modify the DNS
       database.  So the DHCP server tracks whether or not it has updated  the
       record  in  the past (this information is stored	on the lease) and does
       not attempt to update records that it thinks it has already updated.

       This can	lead to	cases where the	DHCP server adds a  record,  and  then
       the  record  is	deleted	 through  some other mechanism,	but the	server
       never again updates the DNS because  it	thinks	the  data  is  already
       there.	In  this  case	the data can be	removed	from the lease through
       operator	intervention, and once this has	been done,  the	 DNS  will  be
       updated the next	time the client	renews.

       The  interim  DNS update	scheme was written before the RFCs were	final-
       ized and	does not quite follow them.  The RFCs call  for	 a  new	 DHCID
       RRtype  while he	interim	DNS update scheme uses a TXT record.  In addi-
       tion the	ddns-resolution	draft called for the  DHCP  server  to	put  a
       DHCID  RR  on the PTR record, but the interim update method does	not do
       this.  In the final RFC this requirement	was relaxed such that a	server
       may add a DHCID RR to the PTR record.

       When  you set your DNS server up	to allow updates from the DHCP server,
       you may be exposing it to unauthorized updates.	 To  avoid  this,  you
       should  use  TSIG  signatures  -	 a method of cryptographically signing
       updates using a shared secret key.  As long as you protect the  secrecy
       of  this	 key, your updates should also be secure.  Note, however, that
       the DHCP	protocol itself	provides no security,  and  that  clients  can
       therefore  provide information to the DHCP server which the DHCP	server
       will then use in	its updates, with  the	constraints  described	previ-

       The  DNS	 server	 must be configured to allow updates for any zone that
       the DHCP	server will be updating.  For example, let us say that clients
       in  the	domain	will  be  assigned  addresses  on  the subnet.  In that case, you	will need  a  key  declaration
       for  the	 TSIG  key you will be using, and also two zone	declarations -
       one for the zone	containing A records that will be updates and one  for
       the zone	containing PTR records - for ISC BIND, something like this:

       key DHCP_UPDATER	{
	 algorithm HMAC-MD5.SIG-ALG.REG.INT;
	 secret	pRP5FapFoJ95JEL06sv4PQ==;

       zone "" {
	    type master;
	    file "";
	    allow-update { key DHCP_UPDATER; };

       zone "" {
	    type master;
	    file "10.10.17.db";
	    allow-update { key DHCP_UPDATER; };

       You will	also have to configure your DHCP server	to do updates to these
       zones.  To do  so,  you	need  to  add  something  like	this  to  your
       dhcpd.conf file:

       key DHCP_UPDATER	{
	 algorithm HMAC-MD5.SIG-ALG.REG.INT;
	 secret	pRP5FapFoJ95JEL06sv4PQ==;

       zone EXAMPLE.ORG. {

       zone {

       The primary statement specifies the IP address of the name server whose
       zone information	is to be updated.  In addition to the  primary	state-
       ment there are also the primary6	, secondary and	secondary6 statements.
       The primary6 statement specifies	an IPv6	address	for the	 name  server.
       The secondaries provide for additional addresses	for name servers to be
       used if the primary does	not respond.  The number of name  servers  the
       DDNS  code  will	attempt	to use before giving up	is limited and is cur-
       rently set to three.

       Note that the zone declarations have to correspond to authority records
       in your name server - in	the above example, there must be an SOA	record
       for "" and for "".  For  example,  if
       there  were  a  subdomain  ""  with no separate SOA, you
       could not write a zone declaration for ""  Also keep in
       mind  that  zone	 names in your DHCP configuration should end in	a ".";
       this is the preferred syntax.  If you do	not end	your zone  name	 in  a
       ".",  the  DHCP	server will figure it out.  Also note that in the DHCP
       configuration, zone names are not encapsulated in  quotes  where	 there
       are in the DNS configuration.

       You  should choose your own secret key, of course.  The ISC BIND	9 dis-
       tribution comes with  a	program	 for  generating  secret  keys	called
       dnssec-keygen.	If you are using BIND 9's dnssec-keygen, the above key
       would be	created	as follows:

	    dnssec-keygen -a HMAC-MD5 -b 128 -n	USER DHCP_UPDATER

       You may wish to enable logging of DNS updates on	your DNS  server.   To
       do so, you might	write a	logging	statement like the following:

       logging {
	    channel update_debug {
		 file "/var/log/update-debug.log";
		 severity  debug 3;
		 print-category	yes;
		 print-severity	yes;
		 print-time	yes;
	    channel security_info    {
		 file "/var/log/";
		 severity  info;
		 print-category	yes;
		 print-severity	yes;
		 print-time	yes;

	    category update { update_debug; };
	    category security {	security_info; };

       You  must  create  the  /var/log/	 and  /var/log/update-
       debug.log files before starting the name	server.	 For more  information
       on configuring ISC BIND,	consult	the documentation that accompanies it.

       There  are three	kinds of events	that can happen	regarding a lease, and
       it is possible to declare statements  that  occur  when	any  of	 these
       events  happen.	These events are the commit event, when	the server has
       made a commitment of a certain lease to a client,  the  release	event,
       when  the  client  has released the server from its commitment, and the
       expiry event, when the commitment expires.

       To declare a set	of statements to execute when an  event	 happens,  you
       must  use the on	statement, followed by the name	of the event, followed
       by a series of statements to execute when the event  happens,  enclosed
       in braces.

       The include statement

	include	"filename";

       The  include statement is used to read in a named file, and process the
       contents	of that	file as	though it were entered in place	of the include

       The shared-network statement

	shared-network name {
	  [ parameters ]
	  [ declarations ]

       The  shared-network  statement  is  used	to inform the DHCP server that
       some IP subnets actually	share the same physical	network.  Any  subnets
       in  a  shared network should be declared	within a shared-network	state-
       ment.  Parameters specified in the  shared-network  statement  will  be
       used  when  booting clients on those subnets unless parameters provided
       at the subnet or	host level override them.  If any subnet in  a	shared
       network has addresses available for dynamic allocation, those addresses
       are collected into a common pool	for that shared	network	 and  assigned
       to  clients  as needed.	There is no way	to distinguish on which	subnet
       of a shared network a client should boot.

       Name should be the name of the shared network.  This name is used  when
       printing	debugging messages, so it should be descriptive	for the	shared
       network.	 The name may have the syntax of a valid domain	name (although
       it  will	 never	be  used  as  such),  or it may	be any arbitrary name,
       enclosed	in quotes.

       The subnet statement

	subnet subnet-number netmask netmask {
	  [ parameters ]
	  [ declarations ]

       The subnet statement is used to provide dhcpd with  enough  information
       to tell whether or not an IP address is on that subnet.	It may also be
       used  to	 provide  subnet-specific  parameters  and  to	specify	  what
       addresses  may be dynamically allocated to clients booting on that sub-
       net.  Such addresses are	specified using	the range declaration.

       The subnet-number should	be an IP address or domain name	which resolves
       to the subnet number of the subnet being	described.  The	netmask	should
       be an IP	address	or domain name which resolves to the  subnet  mask  of
       the  subnet being described.  The subnet	number,	together with the net-
       mask, are sufficient to determine whether any given IP  address	is  on
       the specified subnet.

       Although	 a  netmask must be given with every subnet declaration, it is
       recommended that	if there is any	variance in subnet masks at a site,  a
       subnet-mask  option statement be	used in	each subnet declaration	to set
       the desired subnet mask,	since any subnet-mask  option  statement  will
       override	the subnet mask	declared in the	subnet statement.

       The subnet6 statement

	subnet6	subnet6-number {
	  [ parameters ]
	  [ declarations ]

       The  subnet6 statement is used to provide dhcpd with enough information
       to tell whether or not an IPv6 address is on that subnet6.  It may also
       be  used	 to  provide  subnet-specific  parameters  and to specify what
       addresses may be	dynamically allocated to clients booting on that  sub-

       The  subnet6-number  should be an IPv6 network identifier, specified as

       The range statement

       range [ dynamic-bootp ] low-address [ high-address];

       For any subnet on which addresses will be assigned  dynamically,	 there
       must  be	 at  least one range statement.	 The range statement gives the
       lowest and highest IP addresses in a range.  All	IP  addresses  in  the
       range should be in the subnet in	which the range	statement is declared.
       The dynamic-bootp flag may be specified if addresses in	the  specified
       range  may  be  dynamically  assigned  to BOOTP clients as well as DHCP
       clients.	 When specifying a single address, high-address	can  be	 omit-

       The range6 statement

       range6 low-address high-address;
       range6 subnet6-number;
       range6 subnet6-number temporary;
       range6 address temporary;

       For  any	 IPv6 subnet6 on which addresses will be assigned dynamically,
       there must be at	least one range6 statement. The	range6	statement  can
       either  be  the	lowest	and highest IPv6 addresses in a	range6,	or use
       CIDR notation, specified	as ip6-address/bits. All IP addresses  in  the
       range6  should  be  in  the  subnet6  in	 which the range6 statement is

       The temporary variant makes the prefix (by default on 64	 bits)	avail-
       able  for  temporary  (RFC 4941)	addresses. A new address per prefix in
       the shared network is computed at each request with  an	IA_TA  option.
       Release and Confirm ignores temporary addresses.

       Any IPv6	addresses given	to hosts with fixed-address6 are excluded from
       the range6, as are IPv6 addresses on the	server itself.

       The prefix6 statement

       prefix6 low-address high-address	/ bits;

       The prefix6 is the range6 equivalent for	Prefix Delegation (RFC	3633).
       Prefixes	 of  bits  length  are	assigned between low-address and high-

       Any IPv6	prefixes given to static entries  (hosts)  with	 fixed-prefix6
       are excluded from the prefix6.

       This  statement is currently global but it should have a	shared-network

       The host	statement

	host hostname {
	  [ parameters ]
	  [ declarations ]

       The host	declaration provides a scope in	which to provide configuration
       information  about a specific client, and also provides a way to	assign
       a client	a fixed	address.  The host declaration provides	a way for  the
       DHCP  server  to	 identify  a  DHCP  or BOOTP client, and also a	way to
       assign the client a static IP address.

       If it is	desirable to be	able to	boot a DHCP or BOOTP  client  on  more
       than  one  subnet  with	fixed  addresses, more than one	address	may be
       specified in the	fixed-address  declaration,  or	 more  than  one  host
       statement may be	specified matching the same client.

       If  client-specific boot	parameters must	change based on	the network to
       which the client	is attached, then multiple host	declarations should be
       used.   The  host declarations will only	match a	client if one of their
       fixed-address statements	is viable on the subnet	 (or  shared  network)
       where  the  client  is attached.	 Conversely, for a host	declaration to
       match a client being allocated a	dynamic	address, it must not have  any
       fixed-address  statements.   You	 may  therefore	need a mixture of host
       declarations for	any given client...some	 having	 fixed-address	state-
       ments, others without.

       hostname	 should	 be a name identifying the host.  If a hostname	option
       is not specified	for the	host, hostname is used.

       Host declarations are matched to	actual DHCP or BOOTP clients by	match-
       ing the dhcp-client-identifier option specified in the host declaration
       to the one supplied by the client, or, if the host declaration  or  the
       client  does  not  provide a dhcp-client-identifier option, by matching
       the hardware parameter in the host declaration to the network  hardware
       address	supplied by the	client.	 BOOTP clients do not normally provide
       a dhcp-client-identifier, so the	hardware address must be used for  all
       clients that may	boot using the BOOTP protocol.

       DHCPv6 servers can use the host-identifier option parameter in the host
       declaration, and	specify	any option with	 a  fixed  value  to  identify

       Please  be  aware  that	only the dhcp-client-identifier	option and the
       hardware	address	can be used to match a host declaration, or the	 host-
       identifier option parameter for DHCPv6 servers.	For example, it	is not
       possible	to match a host	declaration to a host-name  option.   This  is
       because	the host-name option cannot be guaranteed to be	unique for any
       given client, whereas both the hardware address and dhcp-client-identi-
       fier  option  are  at  least theoretically guaranteed to	be unique to a
       given client.

       The group statement

	group {
	  [ parameters ]
	  [ declarations ]

       The group statement is used simply to apply one or more parameters to a
       group of	declarations.  It can be used to group hosts, shared networks,
       subnets,	or even	other groups.

       The allow and deny statements can be used to control  the  response  of
       the  DHCP server	to various sorts of requests.  The allow and deny key-
       words actually have different meanings depending	on the context.	 In  a
       pool  context,  these  keywords	can be used to set up access lists for
       address allocation pools.  In other contexts, the keywords simply  con-
       trol  general  server  behavior with respect to clients based on	scope.
       In a non-pool context, the ignore keyword can be	used in	place  of  the
       deny keyword to prevent logging of denied requests.

       The following usages of allow and deny will work	in any scope, although
       it is not recommended that they be used in pool declarations.

       The unknown-clients keyword

	allow unknown-clients;
	deny unknown-clients;
	ignore unknown-clients;

       The unknown-clients flag	is used	to tell	dhcpd whether or not to	dynam-
       ically assign addresses to unknown clients.  Dynamic address assignment
       to unknown clients is allowed by	default.  An unknown client is	simply
       a client	that has no host declaration.

       The  use	 of  this  option  is  now  deprecated.	  If you are trying to
       restrict	access on your network to known	clients, you should  use  deny
       unknown-clients;	 inside	 of  your address pool,	as described under the

       The bootp keyword

	allow bootp;
	deny bootp;
	ignore bootp;

       The bootp flag is used to tell dhcpd whether or not to respond to bootp
       queries.	 Bootp queries are allowed by default.

       The booting keyword

	allow booting;
	deny booting;
	ignore booting;

       The  booting  flag  is  used to tell dhcpd whether or not to respond to
       queries from a particular client.  This keyword only has	 meaning  when
       it  appears in a	host declaration.  By default, booting is allowed, but
       if it is	disabled for a particular client, then that client will	not be
       able to get an address from the DHCP server.

       The duplicates keyword

	allow duplicates;
	deny duplicates;

       Host  declarations  can	match client messages based on the DHCP	Client
       Identifier option or based on the client's network  hardware  type  and
       MAC  address.   If  the	MAC address is used, the host declaration will
       match any client	with that MAC address -	even  clients  with  different
       client identifiers.  This doesn't normally happen, but is possible when
       one computer has	more than one operating	system installed on it	-  for
       example,	Microsoft Windows and NetBSD or	Linux.

       The duplicates flag tells the DHCP server that if a request is received
       from a client that matches the MAC address of a host  declaration,  any
       other  leases  matching	that  MAC  address  should be discarded	by the
       server, even if the UID is not the same.	 This is a  violation  of  the
       DHCP  protocol, but can prevent clients whose client identifiers	change
       regularly from holding many leases  at  the  same  time.	  By  default,
       duplicates are allowed.

       The declines keyword

	allow declines;
	deny declines;
	ignore declines;

       The  DHCPDECLINE	 message  is used by DHCP clients to indicate that the
       lease the server	has offered is not valid.  When	the server receives  a
       DHCPDECLINE  for	 a  particular	address,  it  normally	abandons  that
       address,	assuming that some unauthorized	system is using	it.   Unfortu-
       nately,	a  malicious  or buggy client can, using DHCPDECLINE messages,
       completely exhaust the DHCP server's allocation pool.  The server  will
       reclaim these leases, but while the client is running through the pool,
       it may cause serious thrashing in the DNS, and it will also  cause  the
       DHCP server to forget old DHCP client address allocations.

       The declines flag tells the DHCP	server whether or not to honor DHCPDE-
       CLINE messages.	If it is set to	deny or	ignore in a particular	scope,
       the DHCP	server will not	respond	to DHCPDECLINE messages.

       The client-updates keyword

	allow client-updates;
	deny client-updates;

       The  client-updates  flag tells the DHCP	server whether or not to honor
       the client's intention to do its	own update of its A record.   This  is
       only  relevant  when  doing interim DNS updates.	 See the documentation
       under the heading THE INTERIM DNS UPDATE	SCHEME for details.

       The leasequery keyword

	allow leasequery;
	deny leasequery;

       The leasequery flag tells the DHCP server whether or not	to answer DHC-
       PLEASEQUERY  packets.  The  answer  to a	DHCPLEASEQUERY packet includes
       information about a specific lease, such	as when	it was issued and when
       it  will	expire.	By default, the	server will not	respond	to these pack-

       The uses	of the allow and deny keywords shown in	the  previous  section
       work  pretty much the same way whether the client is sending a DHCPDIS-
       COVER or	a DHCPREQUEST message -	an address will	be  allocated  to  the
       client  (either	the old	address	it's requesting, or a new address) and
       then that address will be tested	to see if it's okay to let the	client
       have  it.   If  the  client requested it, and it's not okay, the	server
       will send a DHCPNAK message.  Otherwise,	the  server  will  simply  not
       respond	to  the	 client.   If  it  is  okay to give the	address	to the
       client, the server will send a DHCPACK message.

       The primary motivation behind pool  declarations	 is  to	 have  address
       allocation pools	whose allocation policies are different.  A client may
       be denied access	to one pool, but allowed access	to another pool	on the
       same network segment.  In order for this	to work, access	control	has to
       be done during address allocation,  not	after  address	allocation  is

       When a DHCPREQUEST message is processed,	address	allocation simply con-
       sists of	looking	up the address the client is requesting	and seeing  if
       it's  still  available  for the client.	If it is, then the DHCP	server
       checks both the address pool permit lists  and  the  relevant  in-scope
       allow  and deny statements to see if it's okay to give the lease	to the
       client.	In the case of a DHCPDISCOVER message, the allocation  process
       is done as described previously in the ADDRESS ALLOCATION section.

       When declaring permit lists for address allocation pools, the following
       syntaxes	are recognized following the allow or deny keywords:


       If specified, this statement either allows or prevents allocation  from
       this  pool  to any client that has a host declaration (i.e., is known).
       A client	is known if it has a host declaration in any scope,  not  just
       the current scope.


       If  specified, this statement either allows or prevents allocation from
       this pool to any	client that has	no  host  declaration  (i.e.,  is  not

	members	of "class";

       If  specified, this statement either allows or prevents allocation from
       this pool to any	client that is a member	of the named class.

	dynamic	bootp clients;

       If specified, this statement either allows or prevents allocation  from
       this pool to any	bootp client.

	authenticated clients;

       If  specified, this statement either allows or prevents allocation from
       this pool to any	client that has	 been  authenticated  using  the  DHCP
       authentication protocol.	 This is not yet supported.

	unauthenticated	clients;

       If  specified, this statement either allows or prevents allocation from
       this pool to any	client that has	not been authenticated using the  DHCP
       authentication protocol.	 This is not yet supported.

	all clients;

       If  specified, this statement either allows or prevents allocation from
       this pool to all	clients.  This can be used when	you want  to  write  a
       pool  declaration  for some reason, but hold it in reserve, or when you
       want to renumber	your network quickly, and  thus	 want  the  server  to
       force  all clients that have been allocated addresses from this pool to
       obtain new addresses immediately	when they next renew.

	after time;

       If specified, this statement either allows or prevents allocation  from
       this  pool  after  a given date.	This can be used when you want to move
       clients from one	pool to	another. The server adjusts the	regular	 lease
       time  so	 that  the  latest expiry time is at the given time+min-lease-
       time.  A	short min-lease-time enforces a	step change, whereas a	longer
       min-lease-time  allows  for  a  gradual	change.	 time is either	second
       since epoch, or a UTC time string e.g.	4  2007/08/24  09:14:32	 or  a
       string  with  time  zone	 offset	 in seconds e.g. 4 2007/08/24 11:14:32

       The adaptive-lease-time-threshold statement

	 adaptive-lease-time-threshold percentage;

	 When the number of allocated leases within a  pool  rises  above  the
	 percentage  given  in	this  statement, the DHCP server decreases the
	 lease length for new clients within this pool to min-lease-time  sec-
	 onds.	Clients	 renewing  an already valid (long) leases get at least
	 the remaining time from the current lease. Since  the	leases	expire
	 faster,  the  server  may  either  recover more quickly or avoid pool
	 exhaustion entirely.  Once the	number of allocated leases drop	 below
	 the  threshold, the server reverts back to normal lease times.	 Valid
	 percentages are between 1 and 99.

       The always-broadcast statement

	 always-broadcast flag;

	 The DHCP and BOOTP protocols both require DHCP	and BOOTP  clients  to
	 set the broadcast bit in the flags field of the BOOTP message header.
	 Unfortunately,	some DHCP and BOOTP clients do not do this, and	there-
	 fore may not receive responses	from the DHCP server.  The DHCP	server
	 can be	made to	always broadcast its responses to clients  by  setting
	 this  flag  to	 'on' for the relevant scope; relevant scopes would be
	 inside	a conditional statement, as a parameter	for a class, or	 as  a
	 parameter for a host declaration.  To avoid creating excess broadcast
	 traffic on your network, we recommend that you	restrict  the  use  of
	 this  option  to as few clients as possible.  For example, the	Micro-
	 soft DHCP client is known not to have this problem, as	are the	 Open-
	 Transport and ISC DHCP	clients.

       The always-reply-rfc1048	statement

	 always-reply-rfc1048 flag;

	 Some  BOOTP clients expect RFC1048-style responses, but do not	follow
	 RFC1048 when sending their requests.  You can tell that a  client  is
	 having	this problem if	it is not getting the options you have config-
	 ured for it and if you	see in	the  server  log  the  message	"(non-
	 rfc1048)" printed with	each BOOTREQUEST that is logged.

	 If you	want to	send rfc1048 options to	such a client, you can set the
	 always-reply-rfc1048 option in	that client's  host  declaration,  and
	 the  DHCP  server  will respond with an RFC-1048-style	vendor options
	 field.	 This flag can be set  in  any	scope,	and  will  affect  all
	 clients covered by that scope.

       The authoritative statement


	 not authoritative;

	 The  DHCP server will normally	assume that the	configuration informa-
	 tion about a given network segment is not known to be correct and  is
	 not  authoritative.   This is so that if a naive user installs	a DHCP
	 server	not fully understanding	how to configure it, it	does not  send
	 spurious  DHCPNAK  messages  to  clients that have obtained addresses
	 from a	legitimate DHCP	server on the network.

	 Network administrators	setting	 up  authoritative  DHCP  servers  for
	 their networks	should always write authoritative; at the top of their
	 configuration file to indicate	that the DHCP server should send DHCP-
	 NAK  messages to misconfigured	clients.  If this is not done, clients
	 will be unable	to get a correct IP  address  after  changing  subnets
	 until	their  old  lease  has	expired, which could take quite	a long

	 Usually, writing authoritative; at the	top level of the  file	should
	 be  sufficient.  However, if a	DHCP server is to be set up so that it
	 is aware of some networks for which it	is authoritative and some net-
	 works	for  which  it	is  not, it may	be more	appropriate to declare
	 authority on a	per-network-segment basis.

	 Note that the most specific scope for which the concept of  authority
	 makes	any  sense  is the physical network segment - either a shared-
	 network statement or a	subnet statement that is not contained	within
	 a shared-network statement.  It is not	meaningful to specify that the
	 server	is authoritative for some subnets within a shared network, but
	 not  authoritative  for  others, nor is it meaningful to specify that
	 the server is authoritative for some host declarations	and  not  oth-

       The boot-unknown-clients	statement

	 boot-unknown-clients flag;

	 If  the  boot-unknown-clients statement is present and	has a value of
	 false or off, then clients for	which there  is	 no  host  declaration
	 will not be allowed to	obtain IP addresses.  If this statement	is not
	 present or has	a value	of true	or on, then clients without host  dec-
	 larations  will  be  allowed to obtain	IP addresses, as long as those
	 addresses are not restricted by  allow	 and  deny  statements	within
	 their pool declarations.

       The db-time-format statement

	 db-time-format	[ default | local ] ;

	 The  DHCP  server  software  outputs  several timestamps when writing
	 leases	to persistent storage.	This configuration  parameter  selects
	 one  of two output formats.  The default format prints	the day, date,
	 and time in UTC, while	the local format prints	 the  system  seconds-
	 since-epoch,  and  helpfully  provides	the day	and time in the	system
	 timezone in a comment.	 The time formats are described	in  detail  in
	 the dhcpd.leases(5) manpage.

       The ddns-hostname statement

	 ddns-hostname name;

	 The  name  parameter should be	the hostname that will be used in set-
	 ting up the client's A	and PTR	records.  If no	ddns-hostname is spec-
	 ified	in  scope,  then the server will derive	the hostname automati-
	 cally,	using an algorithm that	 varies	 for  each  of	the  different
	 update	methods.

       The ddns-domainname statement

	 ddns-domainname name;

	 The name parameter should be the domain name that will	be appended to
	 the client's hostname to form a fully-qualified domain-name (FQDN).

       The dns-local-address4 and dns-local-address6 statements

	 ddns-local-address4 address;

	 ddns-local-address6 address;

	 The address parameter should be the local IPv4	or  IPv6  address  the
	 server	 should	 use  as  the  from  address  when sending DDNS	update

       The ddns-rev-domainname statement

	 ddns-rev-domainname name;

	 The name parameter should be the domain name that will	be appended to
	 the  client's	reversed  IP  address to produce a name	for use	in the
	 client's PTR record.  By default, this	is  "",  but  the
	 default can be	overridden here.

	 The  reversed	IP  address  to	 which this domain name	is appended is
	 always	the IP	address	 of  the  client,  in  dotted  quad  notation,
	 reversed  -  for example, if the IP address assigned to the client is, then the reversed	 IP  address  is	 So  a
	 client	 with that IP address would, by	default, be given a PTR	record

       The ddns-update-style parameter

	 ddns-update-style style;

	 The style parameter must be one of standard, interim  or  none.   The
	 ddns-update-style  statement  is only meaningful in the outer scope -
	 it is evaluated once after reading the	dhcpd.conf file,  rather  than
	 each  time  a client is assigned an IP	address, so there is no	way to
	 use different DNS update styles for different clients.	The default is

       The ddns-updates	statement

	  ddns-updates flag;

	 The  ddns-updates  parameter  controls	whether	or not the server will
	 attempt to do a DNS update when a lease is confirmed.	 Set  this  to
	 off  if  the server should not	attempt	to do updates within a certain
	 scope.	 The ddns-updates parameter is on by default.  To disable  DNS
	 updates  in all scopes, it is preferable to use the ddns-update-style
	 statement, setting the	style to none.

       The default-lease-time statement

	 default-lease-time time;

	 Time should be	the length in seconds that will	be assigned to a lease
	 if  the client	requesting the lease does not ask for a	specific expi-
	 ration	time.  This is used for	both DHCPv4 and	DHCPv6 leases  (it  is
	 also  known as	the "valid lifetime" in	DHCPv6).  The default is 43200

       The delayed-ack and max-ack-delay statements

	 delayed-ack count;

	 max-ack-delay microseconds;

	 Count should be an integer value from zero to 2^16-1, and defaults to
	 28.   The  count  represents  how many	DHCPv4 replies maximum will be
	 queued	pending	transmission until after a database commit event.   If
	 this  number  is reached, a database commit event (commonly resulting
	 in fsync() and	representing a performance penalty) will be made,  and
	 the  reply  packets  will be transmitted in a batch afterwards.  This
	 preserves the RFC2131 direction  that	"stable	 storage"  be  updated
	 prior	to  replying  to  clients.  Should the DHCPv4 sockets "go dry"
	 (select() returns immediately with no read sockets),  the  commit  is
	 made and any queued packets are transmitted.

	 Similarly, microseconds indicates how many microseconds are permitted
	 to pass inbetween queuing a packet pending an fsync,  and  performing
	 the  fsync.   Valid  values  range  from 0 to 2^32-1, and defaults to
	 250,000 (1/4 of a second).

	 Please	note  that  as	delayed-ack  is	 currently  experimental,  the
	 delayed-ack  feature  is  not	compiled  in  by  default, but must be
	 enabled at compile time with './configure --enable-delayed-ack'.

       The dhcp-cache-threshold	statement

	 dhcp-cache-threshold percentage;

	 The dhcp-cache-threshold statement takes one integer  parameter  with
	 allowed values	between	0 and 100. The default value is	25 (25%	of the
	 lease time). This parameter expresses the  percentage	of  the	 total
	 lease	time,  measured	 from  the  beginning, during which a client's
	 attempt to renew  its	lease  will  result  in	 getting  the  already
	 assigned lease, rather	than an	extended lease.

	 Clients  that	attempt	 renewal  frequently  can  cause the server to
	 update	and write the database frequently resulting in	a  performance
	 impact	 on  the server.  The dhcp-cache-threshold statement instructs
	 the DHCP server to avoid updating leases too frequently thus avoiding
	 this  behavior.   Instead  the	 server	assigns	the same lease with no
	 modifications except for CLTT (Client Last Transmission  Time)	 which
	 does not require disk operations. This	feature	applies	to IPv4	only.

       The do-forward-updates statement

	 do-forward-updates flag;

	 The  do-forward-updates  statement  instructs	the  DHCP server as to
	 whether it should attempt to update a DHCP client's A record when the
	 client	 acquires  or  renews  a  lease.  This statement has no	effect
	 unless	DNS updates are	 enabled.   Forward  updates  are  enabled  by
	 default.   If	this statement is used to disable forward updates, the
	 DHCP server will never	attempt	to update the client's A  record,  and
	 will  only  ever  attempt  to	update	the client's PTR record	if the
	 client	supplies an FQDN that should be	placed in the PTR record using
	 the  fqdn  option.   If  forward updates are enabled, the DHCP	server
	 will still honor the setting of the client-updates flag.

       The dont-use-fsync statement

	 dont-use-fsync	flag;

	 The dont-use-fsync statement instructs	the DHCP server	if  it	should
	 call  fsync()	when writing leases to the lease file.	By default and
	 if the	flag is	set to false the server	will call fsync().   Suppress-
	 ing  the  call	 to fsync() may	increase the performance of the	server
	 but it	also adds a risk that a	lease will not be properly written  to
	 the  disk  after it has been issued to	a client and before the	server
	 stops.	 This can lead to duplicate leases being issued	 to  different
	 clients.  Using this option is	not recommended.

       The dynamic-bootp-lease-cutoff statement

	 dynamic-bootp-lease-cutoff date;

	 The dynamic-bootp-lease-cutoff	statement sets the ending time for all
	 leases	assigned dynamically to	BOOTP clients.	Because	BOOTP  clients
	 do  not  have	any  way of renewing leases, and don't know that their
	 leases	could expire, by default dhcpd assigns infinite	leases to  all
	 BOOTP	clients.  However, it may make sense in	some situations	to set
	 a cutoff date for all BOOTP leases - for example, the end of a	school
	 term, or the time at night when a facility is closed and all machines
	 are required to be powered off.

	 Date should be	the date on which all assigned BOOTP leases will  end.
	 The date is specified in the form:


	 W  is the day of the week expressed as	a number from zero (Sunday) to
	 six (Saturday).  YYYY is the year, including the century.  MM is  the
	 month	expressed  as  a  number  from	1 to 12.  DD is	the day	of the
	 month,	counting from 1.  HH is	the hour, from zero to 23.  MM is  the
	 minute	 and SS	is the second.	The time is always in Coordinated Uni-
	 versal	Time (UTC), not	local time.

       The dynamic-bootp-lease-length statement

	 dynamic-bootp-lease-length length;

	 The dynamic-bootp-lease-length	statement is used to set the length of
	 leases	 dynamically assigned to BOOTP clients.	 At some sites,	it may
	 be possible to	assume that a lease is no longer in use	if its	holder
	 has  not  used	BOOTP or DHCP to get its address within	a certain time
	 period.  The period is	specified in length as a  number  of  seconds.
	 If  a client reboots using BOOTP during the timeout period, the lease
	 duration is reset to length, so a BOOTP client	that boots  frequently
	 enough	 will  never  lose its lease.  Needless	to say,	this parameter
	 should	be adjusted with extreme caution.

       The filename statement

	 filename "filename";

	 The filename statement	can be used to specify the name	of the initial
	 boot  file which is to	be loaded by a client.	The filename should be
	 a filename recognizable to whatever file transfer protocol the	client
	 can be	expected to use	to load	the file.

       The fixed-address declaration

	 fixed-address address [, address ... ];

	 The  fixed-address declaration	is used	to assign one or more fixed IP
	 addresses to a	client.	 It should only	appear in a host  declaration.
	 If  more than one address is supplied,	then when the client boots, it
	 will be assigned the address that corresponds to the network on which
	 it  is	booting.  If none of the addresses in the fixed-address	state-
	 ment are valid	for the	network	to which the client is connected, that
	 client	 will  not  match  the host declaration	containing that	fixed-
	 address declaration.  Each address in the  fixed-address  declaration
	 should	 be either an IP address or a domain name that resolves	to one
	 or more IP addresses.

       The fixed-address6 declaration

	 fixed-address6	ip6-address ;

	 The fixed-address6  declaration  is  used  to	assign	a  fixed  IPv6
	 addresses to a	client.	 It should only	appear in a host declaration.

       The get-lease-hostnames statement

	 get-lease-hostnames flag;

	 The  get-lease-hostnames  statement  is used to tell dhcpd whether or
	 not to	look up	the domain name	corresponding to  the  IP  address  of
	 each  address	in  the	 lease	pool and use that address for the DHCP
	 hostname option.  If flag is true, then this lookup is	done  for  all
	 addresses  in the current scope.  By default, or if flag is false, no
	 lookups are done.

       The hardware statement

	 hardware hardware-type	hardware-address;

	 In order for a	BOOTP client to	be recognized,	its  network  hardware
	 address  must	be declared using a hardware clause in the host	state-
	 ment.	hardware-type must be the name of a physical  hardware	inter-
	 face  type.   Currently,  only	 the ethernet and token-ring types are
	 recognized, although support for a fddi hardware  type	 (and  others)
	 would	also  be  desirable.   The hardware-address should be a	set of
	 hexadecimal octets (numbers from 0 through ff)	separated  by  colons.
	 The hardware statement	may also be used for DHCP clients.

       The host-identifier option statement

	 host-identifier option	option-name option-data;


	 host-identifier v6relopt number option-name option-data;

	 This  identifies a DHCPv6 client in a host statement.	option-name is
	 any option, and option-data is	the value  for	the  option  that  the
	 client	 will  send. The option-data must be a constant	value.	In the
	 v6relopts case	the additional number is the relay to examine for  the
	 specified  option name	and value.  The	values are the same as for the
	 v6relay option.  0 is a no-op,	1 is the relay closest to the  client,
	 2 the next one	in and so on.  Values that are larger than the maximum
	 number	of relays (currently 32) indicate the  relay  closest  to  the
	 server	independent of number.

       The ignore-client-uids statement

	 ignore-client-uids flag;

	 If  the  ignore-client-uids  statement	 is present and	has a value of
	 true or on, the UID for clients will not be recorded.	If this	state-
	 ment  is not present or has a value of	false or off, then client UIDs
	 will be recorded.

       The infinite-is-reserved	statement

	 infinite-is-reserved flag;

	 ISC DHCP now supports 'reserved' leases.  See the section on RESERVED
	 LEASES	 below.	  If  this  flag  is on, the server will automatically
	 reserve leases	allocated  to  clients	which  requested  an  infinite
	 (0xffffffff) lease-time.

	 The default is	off.

       The lease-file-name statement

	 lease-file-name name;

	 Name should be	the name of the	DHCP server's lease file.  By default,
	 this is DBDIR/dhcpd.leases.  This statement must appear in the	 outer
	 scope	of the configuration file - if it appears in some other	scope,
	 it will have no effect.  Furthermore, it has no effect	if  overridden
	 by the	-lf flag or the	PATH_DHCPD_DB environment variable.

       The limit-addrs-per-ia statement

	 limit-addrs-per-ia number;

	 By default, the DHCPv6	server will limit clients to one IAADDR	per IA
	 option, meaning one address.  If you wish to permit clients  to  hang
	 onto multiple addresses at a time, configure a	larger number here.

	 Note  that  there  is	no  present  method to configure the server to
	 forcibly configure the	client with one	IP address per each subnet  on
	 a shared network.  This is left to future work.

       The dhcpv6-lease-file-name statement

	 dhcpv6-lease-file-name	name;

	 Name  is  the name of the lease file to use if	and only if the	server
	 is running in DHCPv6 mode.  By	default, this is  DBDIR/dhcpd6.leases.
	 This  statement, like lease-file-name,	must appear in the outer scope
	 of the	configuration file.  It	has no effect if overridden by the -lf
	 flag  or  the	PATH_DHCPD6_DB environment variable.  If dhcpv6-lease-
	 file-name is not specified, but lease-file-name is, the latter	 value
	 will be used.

       The local-port statement

	 local-port port;

	 This  statement causes	the DHCP server	to listen for DHCP requests on
	 the UDP port specified	in port, rather	than on	port 67.

       The local-address statement

	 local-address address;

	 This statement	causes the DHCP	server to  listen  for	DHCP  requests
	 sent  to  the	specified  address,  rather  than requests sent	to all
	 addresses.  Since serving directly attached DHCP clients implies that
	 the  server must respond to requests sent to the all-ones IP address,
	 this option cannot be used if clients are on directly	attached  net-
	 works;	 it  is	 only  realistically  useful  for  a server whose only
	 clients are reached via unicasts, such	as via DHCP relay agents.

	 Note:	This statement is only effective if the	 server	 was  compiled
	 using	the USE_SOCKETS	#define	statement, which is default on a small
	 number	of operating systems, and must be explicitly  chosen  at  com-
	 pile-time for all others.  You	can be sure if your server is compiled
	 with USE_SOCKETS if you see lines of this format at startup:

	  Listening on Socket/eth0

	 Note also that	since this bind()s all DHCP sockets to	the  specified
	 address,  that	 only  one  address  may be supported in a daemon at a
	 given time.

       The log-facility	statement

	 log-facility facility;

	 This statement	causes the DHCP	server to do all of its	logging	on the
	 specified  log	 facility  once	the dhcpd.conf file has	been read.  By
	 default the DHCP server logs to the daemon  facility.	 Possible  log
	 facilities  include  auth,  authpriv,	cron,  daemon, ftp, kern, lpr,
	 mail, mark, news, ntp,	 security,  syslog,  user,  uucp,  and	local0
	 through  local7.   Not	 all  of these facilities are available	on all
	 systems, and there may	be other facilities available  on  other  sys-

	 In  addition  to setting this value, you may need to modify your sys-
	 log.conf file to configure logging of the DHCP	server.	 For  example,
	 you might add a line like this:

	      local7.debug /var/log/dhcpd.log

	 The syntax of the syslog.conf file may	be different on	some operating
	 systems - consult the syslog.conf manual page to  be  sure.   To  get
	 syslog	 to  start  logging to the new file, you must first create the
	 file with correct ownership and permissions (usually, the same	 owner
	 and  permissions  of your /var/log/messages or	/usr/adm/messages file
	 should	be fine) and send a SIGHUP to syslogd.	Some  systems  support
	 log  rollover	using  a  shell	 script	or program called newsyslog or
	 logrotate, and	you may	be able	to configure this as well so that your
	 log file doesn't grow uncontrollably.

	 Because  the  log-facility  setting  is  controlled by	the dhcpd.conf
	 file, log messages printed  while  parsing  the  dhcpd.conf  file  or
	 before	parsing	it are logged to the default log facility.  To prevent
	 this, see the README file  included  with  this  distribution,	 which
	 describes  BUG: where is that mentioned in README?  how to change the
	 default log facility.	When this parameter is used, the  DHCP	server
	 prints	its startup message a second time after	parsing	the configura-
	 tion file, so that the	log will be as complete	as possible.

       The log-threshold-high and log-threshold-low statements

	 log-threshold-high percentage;

	 log-threshold-low percentage;

	 The log-threshold-low and log-threshold-high statements are  used  to
	 control  when	a  message  is output about pool usage.	 The value for
	 both of them is the percentage	of the	pool  in  use.	 If  the  high
	 threshold  is	0  or has not been specified, no messages will be pro-
	 duced.	 If a high threshold is	given, a message is  output  once  the
	 pool  usage  passes that level.  After	that, no more messages will be
	 output	until the pool usage falls below the low  threshold.   If  the
	 low threshold is not given, it	default	to a value of zero.

	 A  special case occurs	when the low threshold is set to be higer than
	 the high threshold.  In this case, a message will be  generated  each
	 time  a  lease	 is acknowledged when the pool usage is	above the high

       The max-lease-time statement

	 max-lease-time	time;

	 Time should be	the maximum length in seconds that will	be assigned to
	 a  lease.   If	 not defined, the default maximum lease	time is	86400.
	 The only exception to this is that Dynamic BOOTP lease	lengths, which
	 are not specified by the client, are not limited by this maximum.

       The min-lease-time statement

	 min-lease-time	time;

	 Time should be	the minimum length in seconds that will	be assigned to
	 a lease.  The default is the minimum of  300  seconds	or  max-lease-

       The min-secs statement

	 min-secs seconds;

	 Seconds  should be the	minimum	number of seconds since	a client began
	 trying	to acquire a new lease before the DHCP server will respond  to
	 its  request.	 The  number  of  seconds  is based on what the	client
	 reports, and the maximum value	that the client	can report is 255 sec-
	 onds.	 Generally, setting this to one	will result in the DHCP	server
	 not responding	to the client's	first request, but  always  responding
	 to its	second request.

	 This can be used to set up a secondary	DHCP server which never	offers
	 an address to a client	until the primary  server  has	been  given  a
	 chance	to do so.  If the primary server is down, the client will bind
	 to the	secondary server, but otherwise	clients	should always bind  to
	 the  primary.	 Note  that this does not, by itself, permit a primary
	 server	and a secondary	server to share	a pool of dynamically-allocat-
	 able addresses.

       The next-server statement

	 next-server server-name;

	 The  next-server statement is used to specify the host	address	of the
	 server	from which the initial boot file (specified  in	 the  filename
	 statement)  is	 to  be	 loaded.   Server-name	should be a numeric IP
	 address or a domain name.

       The omapi-port statement

	 omapi-port port;

	 The omapi-port	statement causes the DHCP server to listen  for	 OMAPI
	 connections  on  the  specified  port.	 This statement	is required to
	 enable	the OMAPI protocol, which is used to examine  and  modify  the
	 state of the DHCP server as it	is running.

       The one-lease-per-client	statement

	 one-lease-per-client flag;

	 If  this flag is enabled, whenever a client sends a DHCPREQUEST for a
	 particular lease, the server will automatically free any other	leases
	 the client holds.  This presumes that when the	client sends a DHCPRE-
	 QUEST,	it has forgotten any lease not mentioned in the	DHCPREQUEST  -
	 i.e.,	the client has only a single network interface and it does not
	 remember leases it's holding on networks to which it is not currently
	 attached.   Neither  of these assumptions are guaranteed or provable,
	 so we urge caution in the use of this statement.

       The pid-file-name statement

	 pid-file-name name;

	 Name should be	the name of the	DHCP server's process ID  file.	  This
	 is  the file in which the DHCP	server's process ID is stored when the
	 server	starts.	 By  default,  this  is	 RUNDIR/   Like  the
	 lease-file-name  statement,  this  statement must appear in the outer
	 scope of the configuration file.  It has no effect if	overridden  by
	 the -pf flag or the PATH_DHCPD_PID environment	variable.

	 The dhcpv6-pid-file-name statement

	    dhcpv6-pid-file-name name;

	    Name  is the name of the pid file to use if	and only if the	server
	    is running in DHCPv6 mode.	By default, this is  DBDIR/
	    This statement, like pid-file-name,	must appear in the outer scope
	    of the configuration file.	It has no effect if overridden by  the
	    -pf	  flag	 or  the  PATH_DHCPD6_PID  environment	variable.   If
	    dhcpv6-pid-file-name is not	specified, but pid-file-name  is,  the
	    latter value will be used.

	 The ping-check	statement

	    ping-check flag;

	    When  the  DHCP server is considering dynamically allocating an IP
	    address to a client, it first sends	an ICMP	Echo request (a	 ping)
	    to	the  address being assigned.  It waits for a second, and if no
	    ICMP Echo response has been	heard, it assigns the address.	 If  a
	    response is	heard, the lease is abandoned, and the server does not
	    respond to the client.

	    This ping check introduces a default one-second delay in  respond-
	    ing	 to  DHCPDISCOVER  messages,  which  can be a problem for some
	    clients.  The default delay	of one second may be configured	 using
	    the	 ping-timeout parameter.  The ping-check configuration parame-
	    ter	can be used to control checking	- if its value	is  false,  no
	    ping check is done.

	 The ping-timeout statement

	    ping-timeout seconds;

	    If	the DHCP server	determined it should send an ICMP echo request
	    (a ping) because the ping-check statement  is  true,  ping-timeout
	    allows  you	 to  configure how many	seconds	the DHCP server	should
	    wait for an	ICMP Echo response  to	be  heard,  if	no  ICMP  Echo
	    response  has been received	before the timeout expires, it assigns
	    the	address.  If a response	is heard, the lease is abandoned,  and
	    the	 server	 does  not respond to the client.  If no value is set,
	    ping-timeout defaults to 1 second.

	 The preferred-lifetime	statement

	    preferred-lifetime seconds;

	    IPv6 addresses have	'valid'	and 'preferred'	lifetimes.  The	 valid
	    lifetime  determines  at what point	at lease might be said to have
	    expired, and is no longer useable.	A  preferred  lifetime	is  an
	    advisory  condition	 to  help applications move off	of the address
	    and	onto currently valid addresses (should there still be any open
	    TCP	sockets	or similar).

	    The	preferred lifetime defaults to the renew+rebind	timers,	or 3/4
	    the	default	lease time if none were	specified.

	 The remote-port statement

	    remote-port	port;

	    This statement causes the DHCP server to transmit  DHCP  responses
	    to	DHCP  clients upon the UDP port	specified in port, rather than
	    on port 68.	 In the	event that the UDP response is transmitted  to
	    a  DHCP Relay, the server generally	uses the local-port configura-
	    tion value.	 Should	the DHCP  Relay	 happen	 to  be	 addressed  as,	however, the DHCP Server transmits its response	to the
	    remote-port	configuration value.  This is  generally  only	useful
	    for	 testing  purposes, and	this configuration value should	gener-
	    ally not be	used.

	 The server-identifier statement

	    server-identifier hostname;

	    The	server-identifier statement can	be used	to  define  the	 value
	    that  is  sent  in	the  DHCP Server Identifier option for a given
	    scope.  The	value specified	must be	an IP  address	for  the  DHCP
	    server,  and must be reachable by all clients served by a particu-
	    lar	scope.

	    The	use of the server-identifier statement is  not	recommended  -
	    the	 only  reason  to  use	it  is to force	a value	other than the
	    default value to be	sent on	 occasions  where  the	default	 value
	    would  be  incorrect.   The	 default value is the first IP address
	    associated with  the  physical  network  interface	on  which  the
	    request arrived.

	    The	 usual	case where the server-identifier statement needs to be
	    sent is when a physical interface has more than  one  IP  address,
	    and	 the  one  being sent by default isn't appropriate for some or
	    all	clients	served by that interface.  Another common case is when
	    an	alias  is  defined  for	 the purpose of	having a consistent IP
	    address for	the DHCP server, and it	is desired  that  the  clients
	    use	this IP	address	when contacting	the server.

	    Supplying a	value for the dhcp-server-identifier option is equiva-
	    lent to using the server-identifier	statement.

	 The server-duid statement

	    server-duid	LLT [ hardware-type timestamp hardware-address ] ;

	    server-duid	EN enterprise-number enterprise-identifier ;

	    server-duid	LL [ hardware-type hardware-address ] ;

	    The	server-duid statement configures the server DUID. You may pick
	    either  LLT	(link local address plus time),	EN (enterprise), or LL
	    (link local).

	    If you choose LLT or LL, you may specify the exact contents	of the
	    DUID.   Otherwise the server will generate a DUID of the specified

	    If you choose EN, you must include the enterprise number  and  the

	    The	default	server-duid type is LLT.

	 The server-name statement

	    server-name	name ;

	    The	 server-name statement can be used to inform the client	of the
	    name of the	server from which it is	booting.  Name should  be  the
	    name that will be provided to the client.

	 The site-option-space statement

	    site-option-space name ;

	    The	site-option-space statement can	be used	to determine from what
	    option space site-local options will be taken.  This can  be  used
	    in	much the same way as the vendor-option-space statement.	 Site-
	    local options in DHCP are those options whose  numeric  codes  are
	    greater  than  224.	  These	options	are intended for site-specific
	    uses, but are frequently used by vendors of	embedded hardware that
	    contains  DHCP  clients.   Because site-specific options are allo-
	    cated on an	ad hoc basis, it is quite possible that	 one  vendor's
	    DHCP  client  might	use the	same option code that another vendor's
	    client uses, for different purposes.  The site-option-space	option
	    can	be used	to assign a different set of site-specific options for
	    each such vendor, using conditional	evaluation (see	dhcp-eval  (5)
	    for	details).

	 The stash-agent-options statement

	    stash-agent-options	flag;

	    If	the  stash-agent-options parameter is true for a given client,
	    the	server will record the relay agent  information	 options  sent
	    during  the	 client's  initial DHCPREQUEST message when the	client
	    was	in the SELECTING state and behave  as  if  those  options  are
	    included in	all subsequent DHCPREQUEST messages sent in the	RENEW-
	    ING	state.	This works around a problem with relay agent  informa-
	    tion options, which	is that	they usually not appear	in DHCPREQUEST
	    messages sent by the client	in the RENEWING	 state,	 because  such
	    messages are unicast directly to the server	and not	sent through a
	    relay agent.

	 The update-conflict-detection statement

	    update-conflict-detection flag;

	    If the update-conflict-detection parameter	is  true,  the	server
	    will  perform  standard  DHCID  multiple-client, one-name conflict
	    detection.	If the parameter has been set false, the  server  will
	    skip this check and	instead	simply tear down any previous bindings
	    to install the new binding without question.  The default is true.

	 The update-optimization statement

	    update-optimization	flag;

	    If the update-optimization parameter is false for a	given  client,
	    the	server will attempt a DNS update for that client each time the
	    client renews its lease, rather than  only	attempting  an	update
	    when  it appears to	be necessary.  This will allow the DNS to heal
	    from database inconsistencies more easily, but the	cost  is  that
	    the	DHCP server must do many more DNS updates.  We recommend leav-
	    ing	this option enabled, which is the default.  This  option  only
	    affects  the behavior of the interim DNS update scheme, and	has no
	    effect on the ad-hoc DNS update scheme.  If	this parameter is  not
	    specified,	or  is true, the DHCP server will only update when the
	    client information changes,	the client gets	a different lease,  or
	    the	client's lease expires.

	 The update-static-leases statement

	    update-static-leases flag;

	    The	 update-static-leases flag, if enabled,	causes the DHCP	server
	    to do DNS updates for clients even	if  those  clients  are	 being
	    assigned  their  IP	address	using a	fixed-address statement	- that
	    is,	the client is being given a static assignment.	This can  only
	    work  with	the  interim DNS update	scheme.	 It is not recommended
	    because the	DHCP server has	no way to tell	that  the  update  has
	    been done, and therefore will not delete the record	when it	is not
	    in use.  Also, the server must attempt the update  each  time  the
	    client  renews  its	 lease,	which could have a significant perfor-
	    mance impact in environments that place heavy demands on the  DHCP

	 The use-host-decl-names statement

	    use-host-decl-names	flag;

	    If	the  use-host-decl-names  parameter  is	true in	a given	scope,
	    then for every host	declaration within that	scope, the  name  pro-
	    vided  for	the host declaration will be supplied to the client as
	    its	hostname.  So, for example,

		group {
		  use-host-decl-names on;

		  host joe {
		    hardware ethernet 08:00:2b:4c:29:32;

	    is equivalent to

		  host joe {
		    hardware ethernet 08:00:2b:4c:29:32;
		    option host-name "joe";

	    An option host-name	statement within a host	declaration will over-
	    ride the use of the	name in	the host declaration.

	    It	should	be noted here that most	DHCP clients completely	ignore
	    the	host-name option sent by the DHCP server, and there is no  way
	    to	configure them not to do this.	So you generally have a	choice
	    of either not having any hostname to  client  IP  address  mapping
	    that  the  client  will  recognize,	 or  doing DNS updates.	 It is
	    beyond the scope of	this document to describe  how	to  make  this

	 The use-lease-addr-for-default-route statement

	    use-lease-addr-for-default-route flag;

	    If	the  use-lease-addr-for-default-route  parameter  is true in a
	    given scope, then instead of sending the value  specified  in  the
	    routers option (or sending no value	at all), the IP	address	of the
	    lease being	assigned is  sent  to  the  client.   This  supposedly
	    causes  Win95  machines  to	ARP for	all IP addresses, which	can be
	    helpful if your router is configured for proxy ARP.	  The  use  of
	    this  feature  is  not recommended,	because	it won't work for many
	    DHCP clients.

	 The vendor-option-space statement

	    vendor-option-space	string;

	    The	vendor-option-space  parameter	determines  from  what	option
	    space  vendor  options  are	 taken.	 The use of this configuration
	    parameter is illustrated in	the dhcp-options(5)  manual  page,  in

       Sometimes  it's	helpful	 to  be	able to	set the	value of a DHCP	server
       parameter based on some value that the client has sent.	 To  do	 this,
       you  can	 use  expression  evaluation.	The  dhcp-eval(5)  manual page
       describes how to	write expressions.  To assign the result of an evalua-
       tion to an option, define the option as follows:

	 my-parameter =	expression ;

       For example:

	 ddns-hostname = binary-to-ascii (16, 8, "-",
					  substring (hardware, 1, 6));

       It's  often  useful to allocate a single	address	to a single client, in
       approximate perpetuity.	Host  statements  with	fixed-address  clauses
       exist  to  a  certain  extent  to  serve	this purpose, but because host
       statements are intended to  approximate	'static	 configuration',  they
       suffer from not being referenced	in a littany of	other Server Services,
       such as dynamic DNS, failover, 'on events' and so forth.

       If a standard dynamic lease, as from any	 range	statement,  is	marked
       'reserved', then	the server will	only allocate this lease to the	client
       it is identified	by (be that by client identifier or hardware address).

       In practice, this means that the	lease follows the normal state engine,
       enters  ACTIVE  state  when  the	 client	is bound to it,	expires, or is
       released, and any events	or services that would	normally  be  supplied
       during  these  events are processed normally, as	with any other dynamic
       lease.  The only	difference is that  failover  servers  treat  reserved
       leases  as  special  when  they	enter the FREE or BACKUP states	- each
       server applies the lease	into the state it may allocate from - and  the
       leases  are  not	 placed	 on the	queue for allocation to	other clients.
       Instead they may	only be	'found'	by client  identity.   The  result  is
       that the	lease is only offered to the returning client.

       Care  should  probably  be taken	to ensure that the client only has one
       lease within a given subnet that	it is identified by.

       Leases may be set 'reserved'  either  through  OMAPI,  or  through  the
       'infinite-is-reserved'  configuration  option (if this is applicable to
       your environment	and mixture of clients).

       It should also be noted that leases marked 'reserved'  are  effectively
       treated the same	as leases marked 'bootp'.

       DHCP  option  statements	 are  documented in the	dhcp-options(5)	manual

       Expressions used	in DHCP	option statements and elsewhere	are documented
       in the dhcp-eval(5) manual page.

       dhcpd(8),   dhcpd.leases(5),  dhcp-options(5),  dhcp-eval(5),  RFC2132,

       dhcpd.conf(5) is	maintained by ISC.  Information	about Internet Systems
       Consortium can be found at



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