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Re: [K12OSN] LTSP Setup question.

Hello Samps,

Oh man - this is a gem for me, although I'm now asking for some clarification. I'm the teacher who is running one mixed network of K12LTSP (80 boxes) with an NT domain and now a 2k or 2003 server for administrators all on a new fibre backboned network - suggested last spring, by many on this list (to overcome all of the 600 volt power issues in the ceilings of my no-conduit-toss-the-cat5-anywhere-up-there-in-the-ceiling-it'll-be-fine-kind-of-school). My technicians are way to busy to experiment on a working system and come to me for "the plan". I'm a KISS (keep-it-simple-stupid!) kind of person and have said that to avoid DHCP hang ups, I wanted only one dhcp server on my network and it would be the k12 server. This way my thin client will be the only boxes using dhcp, period - no problems. All other boxes are static IP. With a reference to one sheet of paper (my ip number list) I can ssh or vnc into any local linux or win box for maintenance - no "I wonder what the ip of that dhcp driven box is?"

I'm not too sure what the overall benefit would be to running dhcp for the administrator-vp-secretary-councelling win boxes is. My school won't have more than 254 boxes total in it for some time (years). I guess that what we would gain though is better access for notebooks (gota keep the travelling big-wigs happy) or maybe a dhcp wireless access.

Come to think about it, this would be great... When my kids come in for a week-end lan party, they wouldn't have to reset their networks either.

OK, so if my current set up is a 192.168.1.x system, and I wanted to move all of the win boxes to dhcp, what would I need to do using the map that Samps has given below?

All I would need is for a 192.168.1.x/21 network
one win dhcp server -
one k12 dhcp server
one wireless router gateway - (for notebook access)

I know that I've set up my current dhcp server at

The /21 is what is different.

How will the three systems acces my one IPCop gateway/firewall out of the building??

I'm excited to give this a go!

Thanks for any advice, Jim

Terrell Prudé, Jr. wrote:

You're very lucky indeed, unless you're running your K12LTSP servers in the "standard" 2-NIC architecture. Having eight DHCP servers serving the same broadcast domain can be very, very dangerous. Yes, I know some


--TP _____________________

When running the domain in a private IP block (10.255 and 192.168) you can run as many DHCP servers as you can make subnets.

an example:

A network,, has 2046 usable addresses, from to (255 is broadcast and can't be allocated for other use.

Each of four DHCP servers are set up to use as RANGE and
DHCP server 1 is using a SCOPE of to
DHCP server 2 is using a SCOPE of to
DHCP server 3 is using a SCOPE of to
DHCP server 4 is using a SCOPE of to

No overlaps in the scopes ensures that there won't be address-clashes on
the network.

If you subnet using a further 1 bit, then you can have twice as many
DHCP servers, each serving half as many clients.



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