FreeNAS 8.0 Dhcpd – Introduction And Pre-Requisites

FreeNAS 8.0 Dhcpd – Introduction And Pre-Requisites

Introduction And Pre-Requisites

FreeNAS is an open source FreeBSD based NAS solution which supports various ways of sharing storage on a network including CIFS (Windows shares), NFS, and iSCSI.

In order to provide an iSCSI Diskless boot environment it is recommended that the iSCSI network cards are on a separate network and one of the requirements of this is a DHCP server to present the LUNs to the clients.

In a small lab environment the DHCP Server can be installed on to a FreeNAS Server which is providing the iSCSI Disks and the following articles explain how to install and configure an ISC DHCP Server on a FreeNAS Version 8.0 RELEASE server.

The configuration of an ISC DHCP Server on a FreeNAS Version 8.0 RELEASE server can be split down in to the following sections :-

  • Installing the ISC DHCP Server
  • Configuriing the ISC DHCP Server
  • Making the changes permanent

Pre-Requisites

In order to configure the ISC DHCP Server on a FreeNAS Version 8.0 RELEASE server the following pre-requisites must be met :-

  • A FreeNAS Version 8.0 RELEASE installation
  • Access to the internet
  • SSH access enabled on the FreeNAS Server

Hardware Used

The hardware used for these articles was a Virtual Machine running on a VMware ESXi 4.0 host.

Details of the The FreeNAS Virtual Machine hardware used can be found here. The server has also had the following additional hardware added :-

  • An additional Network Interface connected to an iSCSI only Network
  • An additional Hard Drive 40Gb for iSCSI Deployment