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Configuring shared network with DHCP

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Say you have a DHCP server in the LAN serving /24 network and one day you’re running out of IP addresses. You want to add additional /24 network that should be distributed in the same LAN. Ugly, but what to do.

According to man dhcpd.conf:

The shared-network statement is used to inform the DHCP server that some IP subnets actually share the same physical network. Any subnets in a shared network should be declared within a shared-network statement. Parameters specified in the shared-network statement will be used when booting clients on those subnets unless parameters provided at the subnet or host level override them. If any subnet in a shared network has addresses available for dynamic allocation, those addresses are collected into a common pool for that shared network and assigned to clients as needed. There is no way to distinguish on which subnet of a shared network a client should boot.

Here is how you add additional network to be included into DHCP scope. Done on Ubuntu 9.10 (karmic) and ISC DHCP v3.1.2.

  1. shared-network "officea01" {
  2.   option domain-name "";
  3.   option domain-name-servers;
  4.     subnet netmask {
  5.       authoritative;
  6.       option routers;
  7.       allow unknown-clients;
  8.       range;
  9.     }
  10.     subnet netmask {
  11.       authoritative;
  12.       option routers;
  13.       allow unknown-clients;
  14.       range;
  15.     }
  16.   }

Instructions below are not necessary, however I decided to add an alias to the LAN interface so I can see addresses in the ARP table.

  1. ifconfig eth1:0 netmask up

And to make it permanent edit /etc/network/interfaces:

  1. auto eth1:0
  2. iface eth1:0 inet static
  3. address
  4. netmask
  5. broadcast
  6. network