Solaris 8 2/04 What's New Supplement

Server and Client Management

Feature Description 

Release Date 

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) service enables host systems to receive IP addresses and network configuration information at boot time from a network server. The Solaris DHCP service has been enhanced in several ways to enable it to support larger numbers of clients:

  • The Solaris DHCP server now uses multithreading to serve multiple clients simultaneously.

  • A new data store that stores data in binary files can support larger numbers of clients with faster access than with the ASCII files and NIS+ data stores.

  • Access to files and NIS+ data stores has been redesigned to support server multithreading.

  • Data access architecture has been changed to enable third parties to write code modules to enable the DHCP server to use any data service to store DHCP data.

In addition, the Solaris DHCP server now supports dynamic DNS updates. You can enable the DHCP service to update the DNS service with the host names of DHCP clients that request a specific host name. 

The Solaris DHCP client can now be configured to request a specific host name. 

For more information, see the Solaris DHCP Administration Guide.


Diskless Client Management

Diskless Client Management is available through the command line. You can manage diskless clients, list OS services for diskless clients, and manage patches on all existing diskless clients.  

For information on diskless client management, see “Managing Diskless Clients” in the Solaris 8 System Administration Supplement.