Can't get DHCP to assign specific addresses

James Pifer jep at
Sun Jul 6 15:25:11 UTC 2008

On Sun, 2008-07-06 at 11:09 -0400, James Pifer wrote:
> I have an older server (FC5) still acting as my dhcp server on my home
> network. I have a few laptops that I'm trying to get DHCP to assign
> specific addresses from the pool. For example, I want to be able to VNC
> to my wife's laptop (running Vista). Of course I could assign a static
> address, but this always causes problems when she takes it somewhere. 
> Here's my config for dhcp:
> # home
> subnet netmask {
> 	option routers;
> 	option domain-name-servers;
> 	range;
> 	}
> ddns-update-style ad-hoc;
> # Laptop
> host laptop1 {
> 	deny client-updates;
> 	hardware ethernet 00:1B:77:85:DF:3F;
> 	fixed-address;
> 	}
> I've run wireshark and the pc is definitely hitting this dhcp server.
> I've tried it with allowing and denying client updates. For some reason
> the laptop keeps getting instead of
> Any ideas what the problem could be?

Picked up dunce hat and stuck on head... 

I compared the mac address I had written with what was in the leases
file and found one character wrong. Sorry to bother. 


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