Re: DHCP Question

Mike Carney <> Wed, 14 May 1997 20:43 UTC

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> Dear Sirs,
> I hope this is the place for questions, if not please guide me in the right
> 	direction.
> How does the DHCP Client choose which server to send the DHCPREQUEST to when
> 	it receives multiple offers?
> Thanks,
> Bob P.

Hi Bob,
	The answer is "it depends". ;^) Right now, it's up to the client vendor
to decide. Most pick the first one, others use some other mechanism for
choosing an OFFER (like based on the contents). Configuring your servers such
that they return the same (or as similar as possible) info makes the OFFERs

	There is work going on in this group regarding special options to help
an administrator do some "load balancing". See:
for more details.
Mike Carney
SNT Internet Engineering
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
2 Elizabeth Drive
Chelmsford, MA 01824