Solaris DHCP Administration Guide


This Solaris DHCP Administration Guide is an update of the DHCP information provided in the System Administration Guide, Volume 3, relevant to the Solaris 8 7/01 release.

This manual provides conceptual information about the DHCP protocol and how the Solaris DHCP implementation works. It also provides information for planning, configuring, and administering your DHCP service.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is intended for administrators who are responsible for the DHCP service on systems running the Solaris 8 release. To use this book, you should have 1 to 2 years of UNIX® system administration experience.

How This Book Is Organized

This book consists of the following chapters:

Chapter 1, Overview of DHCP introduces the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), explains the concepts underlying the protocol, and describes the advantages of using it in your network.

Chapter 2, Planning for DHCP Service describes what you need to do before setting up DHCP service on your network.

Chapter 3, Configuring DHCP Service includes procedures for configuring the DHCP server and placing networks and their associated IP addresses under DHCP management.

Chapter 4, Administering DHCP describes tasks useful in administering the Solaris DHCP service.

Chapter 5, Troubleshooting DHCP provides information to help you solve problems you might encounter when configuring a Solaris DHCP server or client, or problems in using DHCP after configuration is complete.

Chapter 6, DHCP Reference provides useful information regarding the relationships between Solaris DHCP files and the commands that use the files.

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Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic changes used in this book.

Table P–1 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol 




 The names of commands, files, and directories; on-screen computer output

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


 What you type, contrasted with on-screen computer output

machine_name% su



 Command-line placeholder: replace with a real name or value

To delete a file, type rm filename.


Book titles, new words, or terms, or words to be emphasized. 

Read Chapter 6 in User's Guide.

These are called class options.

You must be root to do this.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P–2 Shell Prompts



 C shell promptmachine_name%
 C shell superuser promptmachine_name#
 Bourne shell and Korn shell prompt$
 Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser prompt#