Managing the network configurations of the hosts on even a small network can be tedious. Administrators of large networks, including ISPs, have long used the DHCP service to centrally manage network configurations. Red Hat Linux includes a DHCP server that you can install in order to facilitate the management of your network. Hosts configured with DHCP clients can load their network configurations from the DHCP server at boot time, including such configuration items as:
Broadcast IP address
Gateway IP address
DNS server address
Before installing the DHCP server, you should check whether your system’s network adapter is properly configured to support DHCP. To do so, issue the ifconfig command as root:
ifconfig -aeth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:A0:CC:25:8A:EC inet addr:192.168.0.5 Bcast:192.168.255.255 Mask:255.255.0.0 UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:71910 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:108334 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:89 txqueuelen:100 Interrupt:11 Base address:0x6000
If your system’s network adapter is properly configured to support DHCP, the output of the ifconfig command will indicate that the adapter supports BROADCAST. If the output doesn’t include this specifications, you must reconfigure or replace the network adapter. Fortunately, it’s rare that an adapter lacks these capabilities.
To set up a DHCP server, use the ...