Re: DHCP timeout is too short for this college network

2010/1/11 Sven Nielsen <post svennielsen de>:
> Ask the dhcp team on your campus why they are giving away DHCP leases
> for 3! days (286274 seconds):
>> >> Jan 10 21:40:12 DHCPACK of from
>> >> Jan 10 21:40:13 bound to -- renewal in 286274
> seconds.
> Maybe the DHCP server is continously short on free IP addresses because
> many addresses that are actually free, are still bound to clients that
> connected e.g. 2 days ago. (It surely gets hundreds of requests every
> day.) Might be that every time it tries to process a DHCP requests, it
> has no addresses left and then has to go through all addresses manually
> by way of pinging them to find out which ones are not in use anymore
> before it finds a free address. This might easily be one of the causes
> for the long delays.

I understand that, if the address pool is exausted, the DHCP server
should respond immediatelly with a DHCPNACK, and not start a ping
sweep to find free addresses.

> Also, perhaps the DHCP configuration should be divided into two address
> pools (it it isn't already), one address pool for resident computers
> (Destkop PCs and laptops of university staff), and another pool for
> student laptops (unknown DHCP clients).

The only way I can think of to implement this division without
separating "known" and "unknown" clients in independent broadcast
domains (by means of physical separated switches, or even VLANs), is
pre-registering the known clients in dhcp configuration.

Is there a better way to do that? o_O

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