System Administration Guide: IP Services

Enabling Dynamic DNS Updates by a DHCP Server

DNS provides name-to-address and address-to-name services for the Internet. Once a DNS mapping is made, a system can be reached through its host name or its IP address. The system is also reachable from outside its domain.

The DHCP service can use DNS in two ways:

You can enable the DHCP service to update the DNS service for DHCP clients that supply their own host names. For the DNS update feature to work, the DNS server, the DHCP server, and the DHCP client must be set up correctly. In addition, the requested host name must not be in use by another system in the domain.

The DHCP server's DNS update feature works if the following statements are true: