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How To Configure DHCP Server on Rocky Linux 9

Configure DHCP Server on Rocky Linux 9

In this tutorial, we will show you how to configure DHCP server on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, a DHCP server is a network protocol that assigns an IP address and other network configurations to the devices automatically, it works by sending and receiving DHCP messages between devices and the DHCP server, DHCP server maintains a pool of IP addresses and assigns them to devices, DHCP servers can be configured to assign an IP address based on device MAC address, it also can provide additional information to devices using DHCP options.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation and configure the DHCP server on Rocky Linux. 9.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Rocky Linux 9.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for VSCodium.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Configure DHCP Server on Rocky Linux 9

Step 1. The first step is to update your system to the latest version of the package list. To do so, run the following commands:

sudo dnf check-update
sudo dnf install dnf-utils

Step 2. Installing DHCP Server on Rocky Linux 9.

Run the following command in the terminal to install the DHCP server package:

sudo dnf install dhcp-server

Step 3. Configure DHCP Server on Rocky Linux 9.

After the DHCP server package is installed, we need to configure it. We will be editing the DHCP server configuration file located at /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf:

nano /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf

You can configure the DHCP server settings such as the IP address range that the DHCP server should assign, the default gateway, and the DNS server. Here is a sample configuration:

subnet netmask {
  option routers;
  option domain-name-servers,;

Save and close the file, then start the DHCP service using the following command:

sudo systemctl start dhcpd
sudo systemctl enable dhcpd

This configuration is for a subnet with IP addresses in the range of to, with a netmask of The DHCP server will assign IP addresses in the range of to, the default gateway will be set to and the DNS server will be set to and

Step 4. Configure Firewall.

Now we configure the firewall to open the UDP port 67, start the service and make the clients connect to our server:

sudo firewall-cmd --add-port=67/udp --permanent
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 5. Configure DHCP reservations.

To configure DHCP reservations, you can add a host section to the DHCP configuration file, for example:

host client1 {
  hardware ethernet 00:36:46:10:44:55;

This will assign the IP address to a device with the MAC address 00:36:46:10:44:55

Step 6. Test the DHCP Server.

To test the DHCP server, you can connect a device to the network and check that it receives an IP address from the DHCP server.

Congratulations! You have successfully set up the DHCP server. Thanks for using this tutorial to configure the DHCP server on your Rocky Linux 9 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Rocky Linux website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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