How to not allocate any address to a specific host?

David W. Hankins David_Hankins at
Mon Mar 13 17:05:28 UTC 2006

On Mon, Mar 13, 2006 at 07:34:15AM -0600, Douglas Armstrong wrote:
> One thing to remember is that the Win95 dhcp client is broken and will not
> ask for a new address on boot unless the one it has is expired. 

Although we may not like that behaviour, I think 'broken' is a bit

The RFC's clearly allow a client to use its lease until it expires.

It's just that that's not a very bright idea and INIT-REBOOT is

There are other things that make 95/98's dhcp client broken.  For
instance, I once set my lease-time to 5 seconds to get hoardes of DHCP
activity in a very short time (to stress test some changes).

I crashed all our 95/98 boxes within an hour.

David W. Hankins		"If you don't do it right the first time,
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