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moving dhcp to a different server

Posted on 2006-06-26
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Netware 6.5 network with one server currently running the dhcp nlm.  I would like to retire this 5.1 server and run dhcp on another server on our network.  Nothing else will change except that dhcp will be running on a different server.
How do I do this?  Are there any changes to be made inside the DNS?DHCP Management Console?  Will the clients automatically find the new dhcp server?  Thanks.
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Last question first: yes, as long as it's in the same broadcast domain.  DHCP servers are located by a specific type of broadcast.

First question: you need to create a new DHCP server, on one of the 6.5 servers, within the DNS/DHCP console, and then assign that server as the primary.  

See this TID: http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/search/searchtid.cgi?10026160.htm   It was written for NW5x but should still apply.

Creating the new DHCP server will not start DHCPSRVR.NLM on the new DHCP server, and will not add it to that server's autoexec.ncf, and unassigning the old DHCP server won't unload DHCPSRVR.NLM on the old server or remove it from that server's autoexec.ncf, so those things will have to be done manually; but the transition to the new DHCP server from the old one should be a matter of disabling the old DHCP server in the DNS/DHCP console, assigning the new server as primary, unloading DHCPSRVR.NLM on the old server, and loading DHCPSRVR on the new DHCP server.

You should make sure you have the latest DNS/DHCP java console before you start.
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It worked great.  Thanks for the quick help!
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