How To Install DHCP Server on CentOS 7

Install DHCP Server on CentOS 7

For those of you who didn’t know, The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a standardized network protocol used on Internet Protocol (IP) networks for dynamically distributing network configuration parameters, such as IP addresses for interfaces and services. With DHCP, computers request IP addresses and networking parameters automatically from a DHCP server, reducing the need for a network administrator or a user to configure these settings manually.

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. I will show you through the step by step installation DHCP Server on CentOS 7.

Install DHCP Server on CentOS 7

Step 1. First of all, make sure that all packages are up to date.

yum -y update

Step 2. Install a DHCP server.

To install a DHCP server on CentOS 7, enter the following command:

yum install dhcp -y

Step 3. Configuration DHCP server.

Once it’s installed you’ll need to edit the dhcpf.conf, which is blank. For a basic setup I used the content below, it should get you working. Please note that my internal network address is So my specifications in this file are pertaining to it. You will have put the information based on your own network:

$ nano /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf
####Our basic DHCP example configuration
####Our Domain
option domain-name "";
####The DNS servers for name resolution
option domain-name-servers;
####Our IP Lease time
default-lease-time 600;
max-lease-time 7200;
####Use this to enble / disable dynamic dns updates globally.
ddns-update-style none;
#### This DHCP server is the official DHCP server for the local network.
#### Use this to send dhcp log messages to a different log file (you also
#### have to hack syslog.conf to complete the redirection).
log-facility local7;
#### Our Subnet, IP address Pool and gateway/router
subnet netmask {
 range dynamic-bootp;
 option broadcast-address;
 option routers;
#### Lets reserve an IP address for an internal machine
#### make sure the IP used here is not defined in the IP POOL above
host vip {
 hardware ethernet 08:00:07:26:c0:a5;

Finally, you have to restart the DHCP service by using the following command:

systemctl start dhcpd.service && systemctl enable dhcpd.service

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the DHCP Server. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing DHCP Server on CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official CentOS website.

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