1.0 Understanding DNS/DHCP Services

This section describes the Domain Name System (DNS), the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and the Novell® eDirectory™ 8.7.3 schema extension; it also explains their eDirectory functions. This section also provides information about the zone handler, the iManager utility and the Management Console.

Novell DNS/DHCP Services in NetWare® integrates the Domain Name System (DNS) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) services into the eDirectory database. Integrating these services into eDirectory provides centralized administration and enterprise-wide management of network (IP) addresses, configuration, and hostnames.

The iManager utility provides a Web interface to manage the objects created to support DNS and DHCP and runs in a browser window. It does not require a Novell Client™ or any installed component as a prerequisite. It shares a common interface with other utilities that are based on the iManager framework, and is thus tightly integrated with NetWare.

The Management Console is a Java* application that provides a graphical user interface to manage the objects created to support DNS and DHCP. The Management Console can function as a standalone utility, or it can be accessed from the Tools menu of the NetWare Administrator utility.

NOTE:In this document, the term host refers to a network device that requires an IP address and might have a hostname.

For more detailed overview information, see the following: