Mac OSX Lion server: DHCP and DNS

Posted on 2011-10-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am having issues with Lion server DHCP and DNS nicely.  

Both services are installed on the same server - Lion 10.7.2.  Open Directory is also installed.
Clients are able to get a DHCP address
Clients are able to access internal and external resources.

I am able to bind these machines to Open Directory just fine.  I can see the machines in Workgroup Manager.  

I see the clients with their IP addresses in DHCP.  However, there are no DNS entries created.  

Is this supposed to happen?  If so, is there a way to get it to create the entries.  Creating the DNS entries manually is not an option.  Thanks

Question by:masaiming
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    A nice write-up here

    Basically it says replace the default DHCP server with something that works - bootpd (pronounced boot-P-D) does not play nice with named (pronounced name-D).

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    Thanks for the reply.  I saw that as well.  Any other way that Lion can do it by itself?  
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    No.  bootpd has no method for updating named's tables.  Microsoft built this into their AD-enabled DNS service, but Apple used the off-the-shelf approach.  In the long run, you'll likely want to follow the article if you want this to happen.

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