ISC DHCP Futures

David W. Hankins David_Hankins at
Sat Jul 15 17:01:17 UTC 2006

On Fri, Jul 14, 2006 at 09:45:44AM -0400, rsmith at wrote:
> I agree with Simon's comments. Though I have no experience with the DHCP 
> server, I have been following it for quite some time. The ISC version of 
> Bind has been an excellent product, which we have been using for years in 
> our Microsoft AD environment.
> Are you planning to make the new DHCP server available on the Windows 
> platform? A lot of us are not using the current version due to this 
> constraint.

There's a Crynwar build environment for ISC DHCP which I have never
made any use and can not speak for how useful it is.

At some point it would be nice for a native build of ISC DHCP similarly
to what we do for BIND: but we also have a lot of other work ahead of
us.  So this is far enough off in the future that I can't imagine when
we might reasonably start.

DHCP is also fairly harder to implement on multiple platforms than
BIND is...where BIND could simply use a standard UDP BSD socket, DHCP
has to perform all manner of tricks in order to conform to the letter
of RFC2131.

David W. Hankins	"If you don't do it right the first time,
Software Engineer		you'll just have to do it again."
Internet Systems Consortium, Inc.	-- Jack T. Hankins

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