8.1 Benefits of Configuring DHCP for High Availability

A Novell Open Enterprise Server DHCP server automatically assigns IP addresses and other configuration information to clients upon request or when the clients are restarted. If for some reason the OES DHCP server is not accessible, clients lose their ability to connect to the network because they cannot obtain an IP address.

You can help prevent this problem by configuring DHCP with Novell Cluster Services, which ensures that the IP address range required by users to connect to the network is highly available. This is possible because the DHCP server is automatically started, stopped, and restarted on different servers in the cluster by Novell Cluster Services.

Before you attempt to implement this solution, familiarize yourself with how Cluster Services works. For information, see the OES 11 SP2: Novell Cluster Services for Linux Administration Guide.