Need explanations about server-name, next-server...

Niall O'Reilly Niall.oReilly at
Wed Mar 7 09:22:22 UTC 2007

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On 6 Mar 2007, at 12:10, Glenn Satchell wrote:

> man dhcpd.conf
>        server-name name ;
>        The server-name statement can be used to inform the client
>        of the name of the server from which it is booting.   Name
>        should be the name that will be provided to the client.
> My reading is that this is the name of the dhcp server.

	Are you sure, Glenn?  Doesn't the following suggest otherwise?

> man dhcp-options
>      option tftp-server-name text;
>        This option is used to identify a TFTP server and, if sup-
>        ported  by  the client, should have the same effect as the
>        server-name declaration.

	It really depends on what the equipment expects, rather than
	on some expert interpretation of the scriptures.  8-)

	Some equipment, at least for certain releases of firmware,
	expects the TFTP server and the DHCP server to be one and
	the same.  This was, for example, the only way I could persuade
	a Cisco 7960 phone to load the startup files I wanted.  IIRC,
	there was some requirement for an unusual option code as well.



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