Two dhcp servers with same dhcpd.conf (fixed-address hosts)

Marcos Renato da Silva Junior marcosjr at
Thu Aug 7 14:43:54 UTC 2014

Gregory and Patrick,

Thanks for the reply, was the answer I wanted to hear, helped a lot.

The question answered.


On 07-08-2014 11:26, Gregory Sloop wrote:
> If all machines/clients use fixed addresses, you can simply run two servers - you don't need fail-over.
> In this case, no matter which server replies, the clients will get the same addresses. There doesn't need to be any coordination between the two servers at all.
> [However, obviously, as you change the fixed address assignments, you'll need to propagate those changes to both servers.]
> PT> Pardon my ignorance, but why can't you use failover? We do fixed
> PT> addresses on our failover-enabled system all the time.
>>> On Aug 7, 2014, at 9:11 AM, "Marcos Renato da Silva Junior" <marcosjr at> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I have a dhcp server with all hosts configured in static mode/fixed-address.
>>> Thus the dhcp failover is not applicable.
>>> I want to create a secondary/slave dhcp server in case the primary server fails.
>>> How to do this?
>>> I can keep the two servers with the same dhcpd.conf working together?
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