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How to set up a DHCP server on Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”

Today I will show you how to set up a DHCP server on Debian 6.0.  The main package you will need is called isc-dhcp-server which is not installed by default so open up a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install isc-dhcp-server

There are two main files we will need to configure, these being /etc/default/isc-dhcp-server and /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf.

Lets take /etc/default/isc-dhcp-server first.  Open up a terminal and using your favourite text editor type:

sudo nano /etc/default/isc-dhcp-server

You should get the following:

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# Defaults for dhcp initscript
# sourced by /etc/init.d/dhcp
# installed at /etc/default/isc-dhcp-server by the maintainer scripts

#
# This is a POSIX shell fragment
#

# On what interfaces should the DHCP server (dhcpd) serve DHCP requests?
# Separate multiple interfaces with spaces, e.g. “eth0 eth1?.
INTERFACES=”eth0″

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Replace eth0 above with the name of your network interface that you want the server to lease addresses on.  Save the file and exit.


Now lets take the /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf file next.  Open up a terminal and type:

sudo nano /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf

which should give you the output below.

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#
# Sample configuration file for ISC dhcpd for Debian
#
# Attention: If /etc/ltsp/dhcpd.conf exists, that will be used as
# configuration file instead of this file.
#
#

# The ddns-updates-style parameter controls whether or not the server will
# attempt to do a DNS update when a lease is confirmed. We default to the
# behavior of the version 2 packages (‘none’, since DHCP v2 didn’t
# have support for DDNS.)
ddns-update-style none;

# option definitions common to all supported networks…
option domain-name “example.org”;
option domain-name-servers ns1.example.org, ns2.example.org;

option domain-name “comtech.com”;
default-lease-time 600;
max-lease-time 7200;

# If this DHCP server is the official DHCP server for the local
# network, the authoritative directive should be uncommented.
#authoritative;

# Use this to send dhcp log messages to a different log file (you also
# have to hack syslog.conf to complete the redirection).
log-facility local7;

# No service will be given on this subnet, but declaring it helps the
# DHCP server to understand the network topology.

#subnet 10.152.187.0 netmask 255.255.255.0 {
#}

# This is a very basic subnet declaration.

subnet 10.0.0.0 netmask 255.255.255.0 {
range 10.0.0.150 10.0.0.253;
option routers 10.0.0.2;
option subnet-mask 255.255.255.0;

option broadcast-address 10.0.0.254;
option domain-name-servers 10.0.0.1, 10.0.0.2;

option ntp-servers 10.0.0.1;
option netbios-name-servers 10.0.0.1;
option netbios-node-type 8;
}

# option routers rtr-239-0-1.example.org, rtr-239-0-2.example.org;

#}

# This declaration allows BOOTP clients to get dynamic addresses,
# which we don’t really recommend.

#subnet 10.254.239.32 netmask 255.255.255.224 {
# range dynamic-bootp 10.254.239.40 10.254.239.60;
# option broadcast-address 10.254.239.31;
# option routers rtr-239-32-1.example.org;
#}

# A slightly different configuration for an internal subnet.
#subnet 10.5.5.0 netmask 255.255.255.224 {
# range 10.5.5.26 10.5.5.30;
# option domain-name-servers ns1.internal.example.org;
# option domain-name “internal.example.org”;
# option routers 10.5.5.1;
# option broadcast-address 10.5.5.31;
# default-lease-time 600;
# max-lease-time 7200;
#}

# Hosts which require special configuration options can be listed in
# host statements. If no address is specified, the address will be
# allocated dynamically (if possible), but the host-specific information
# will still come from the host declaration.

#host passacaglia {
# hardware ethernet 0:0:c0:5d:bd:95;
# filename “vmunix.passacaglia”;
# server-name “toccata.fugue.com”;
#}

# Fixed IP addresses can also be specified for hosts. These addresses
# should not also be listed as being available for dynamic assignment.
# Hosts for which fixed IP addresses have been specified can boot using
# BOOTP or DHCP. Hosts for which no fixed address is specified can only
# be booted with DHCP, unless there is an address range on the subnet
# to which a BOOTP client is connected which has the dynamic-bootp flag
# set.
#host fantasia {
# hardware ethernet 08:00:07:26:c0:a5;
# fixed-address fantasia.fugue.com;
#}

# You can declare a class of clients and then do address allocation
# based on that. The example below shows a case where all clients
# in a certain class get addresses on the 10.17.224/24 subnet, and all
# other clients get addresses on the 10.0.29/24 subnet.

#class “foo” {
# match if substring (option vendor-class-identifier, 0, 4) = “SUNW”;
#}

#shared-network 224-29 {
# subnet 10.17.224.0 netmask 255.255.255.0 {
# option routers rtr-224.example.org;
# }
# subnet 10.0.29.0 netmask 255.255.255.0 {
# option routers rtr-29.example.org;
# }
# pool {
# allow members of “foo”;
# range 10.17.224.10 10.17.224.250;
# }
# pool {
# deny members of “foo”;
# range 10.0.29.10 10.0.29.230;
# }
#}

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This needs a little bit of explaining.

1. Everything in bold needs adding to the file.  Adjust the network settings according to your network requirements.

2. The option domain name is your dns zone name.  For example mine is set to comtech.com.

3. Range should be the range of ip addresses that you want the server to give out to clients.

Now restart the dhcp service by typing:

sudo service isc-dhcp-server restart

That is your server configured however it is always best to double check so open up a terminal and type:

sudo netstat -uap

This should show you the following information (please be aware that your system might be slightly different).

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Active Internet connections (servers and established)

Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State PID/Program name

udp 0 0 *:55827 *:* 916/avahi-daemon: r
udp 0 0 server01.lo:domain *:* 1273/named
udp 0 0 server01:domain *:* 1273/named
udp 0 0 *:bootps *:* 4525/dhcpd
udp 0 0 *:17500 *:* 1768/dropbox
udp 0 0 *:54407 *:* 4539/VirtualBox
udp 0 0 10.0.0.255:netbios-ns *:* 1016/nmbd
udp 0 0 server01:netbios-ns *:* 1016/nmbd
udp 0 0 *:netbios-ns *:* 1016/nmbd
udp 0 0 10.0.0.255:netbios-dgm *:* 1016/nmbd
udp 0 0 server01:netbios-dgm *:* 1016/nmbd
udp 0 0 *:netbios-dgm *:* 1016/nmbd
udp 0 0 *:mdns *:* 916/avahi-daemon: r
udp6 0 0 [::]:domain [::]:* 1273/named
udp6 0 0 [::]:51853 [::]:* 916/avahi-daemon: r
udp6 0 0 [::]:mdns [::]:* 916/avahi-daemon: r

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This shows that the dhcp service is working

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.

Exchange Server 2010 Tutorial


Today I will show you how to set up Exchange Server 2010 so that you can host your own emails.  For the purpose of this tutorial I will be using Exchange 2010 already installed on Windows Server 2008 R2.  This tutorial will only cover how to set up Exchange to receive and send emails and not extras like Outlook Web App (OWA) and SSL Certificates which I will cover in future tutorials.

Prerequisites

1. You have already installed the Exchange 2010 package onto Windows Server 2008 R2 with the  Transport, Client Access and Mailbox Roles (Typical Installation)

2. Install the 2007 Office System Converter Microsoft Filter Pack.

3. You have received a static public ip address off your ISP.

Hub Transport Configuration

Open up the Exchange Management Console (EMC) and expand Microsoft Exchange  On-Premises – Organization Configuration – Hub Transport.

Next click on Accepted Domains (shown below).  Your domain should be visible by default.

In the Actions pane (right side of screen) click New Accepted Domain and add the name of the domain you wish to use for email addresses.

Now we need to set up a Send Connector so in the Actions pane click New Send Connector.  This will start the wizard.

Choose a name and then set the intended use as Internet.  Click Next.  This will bring you to the Address Space page. Enter the domain you want to use for emails (mine would be comtech.com) and make sure that you check the box to include all subdomains.  Click next.

On the Network Settings page unless you are routing your emails through an upstream  host select Use domain name system (DNS) “MX” records to route mail automatically.

For the rest of the wizard click Next.

Now expand Server Configuration – Hub Transport and right click on Default and go to Properties.

On the Properties page go to the Permissions Groups tab and check the box for Anonymous users.  This will allow your Exchange server to accept incoming mail from remote mail servers.

Now you need to give your users email addresses and you do this by expanding Recipient Configuration – Mailbox and then going to New mailbox in the Actions pane.  Create email addresses for all your users.

Configuring DNS Records

The final piece to the puzzle is to configure your external DNS records.  You are going to require both an A record and an MX record.

In DNS configure the following:

A Record

mail.comtech.com = 123.56.2.14

Replace comtech.com with your domain name and 123.56.2.14 with the static public ip addresses obtained from your ISP.

MX Record

mail.comtech.com (Preference 10) 

You can set as many preferences as you like but mail will be sent to the lowest preference first.

You will also need to contact the company who hosts your domain name (either ISP or external hosting company) to add the same records to their DNS records.

 

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.

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