Is There A Way To Detect/validate DHCP Static IP Assignment?

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Hi,
 We have tens of networks(VLANs) in data center with a central Linux DHCP server. each network has their router to do the DHCP relay. So, the DHCP server’s configuration files has tens ‘subnet’ statements. Because PXE booting is standard in whole data center, there are also thousands of static MAC-IP mapping ‘host’ statements in dhcp configuration. The big challenge with a central dhcp server is how to detect typo in the thousands of MAC-IP ‘host’ statements? — a single char/digit typo here will fail a PXE booting or download wrong post-installation snippets.

 Is there a tool to validate all ‘host’ statements from another Linux box?

I tried nagios check-dhcp plugin, with a series of real MAC addresses(for hosts in other different networks). Surprisingly, the IP address came back were not the static IP addresses in ‘host’ statement, but dynamic addresses in the pool defined for this particular network (where I ran check-dhcp from). check_dhcp was run with the following arguments:

/usr/lib64/nagios/plugins/check_dhcp –verbose –server= –interface=eth0 –mac= –unicast remove –unicast doesn’t help but just see more DHCP replys. Interestingly, with a same MAC address, and the above same command, from two CentOS boxes on different network there will be different dynamic IPs! instead the static IP defined with ‘host’ statement. 

So, how can we validate static IP assignment? Thanks. Best,David,

3 thoughts on - Is There A Way To Detect/validate DHCP Static IP Assignment?

  • Hi David,

    You need to use check_dhcp_relayed.pl
    (https://github.com/timb07/check_dhcp_relayed) if you wish to test for a reservation outside of the servers subnet, otherwise the DHCP server will assume you are on the local range and issue from that subnet.

    Also as an FYI Forman (http://theforeman.org) can do things like building VM’s and Physical servers and integrates with DHCP to create static DHCP reservations for PXE booting servers which should eliminate typos.

    Tris

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  • Hi tris,
     Many thanks, I’ll give the perl script a try shortly…. Best,David

    Hi David,

    You need to use check_dhcp_relayed.pl
    (https://github.com/timb07/check_dhcp_relayed) if you wish to test for a reservation outside of the servers subnet, otherwise the DHCP server will assume you are on the local range and issue from that subnet.

    Also as an FYI Forman (http://theforeman.org) can do things like building VM’s and Physical servers and integrates with DHCP to create static DHCP reservations for PXE booting servers which should eliminate typos.

    Tris

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  • Wow, it works perfectly! all solved. Thanks. — David

    Hi David,

    You need to use check_dhcp_relayed.pl
    (https://github.com/timb07/check_dhcp_relayed) if you wish to test for a reservation outside of the servers subnet, otherwise the DHCP server will assume you are on the local range and issue from that subnet.

    Also as an FYI Forman (http://theforeman.org) can do things like building VM’s and Physical servers and integrates with DHCP to create static DHCP reservations for PXE booting servers which should eliminate typos.

    Tris

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