DHCPDISCOVER ... and Assigning an IP address to a Network Drive problems --SOLVED--

Jay Ridgley jridgley2 at austin.rr.com
Tue Jan 19 02:28:45 UTC 2010


Thanks to ALL who offered help/suggestions/admonitions/criticisms and/or 
advice and pointers. Each was read and put to use...

What I was attempting to do was enable the access to a 1TB Western 
Digital MyBook World Edition on my wired network(a small 4 system static 
IP based lan) via a hub, since I have no router.

I have the WD MBWE on my net and it has a fixed IP address like I 
wanted. This makes a total of 5 systems here at home on my network. My 
wife says it should be all I need to keep me happy hardware wise for 
some time.

Below shows the network setup...

cdjsys at mateo:/etc/init.d$ arp
Address                  HWtype  HWaddress         Flags Mask Iface
nomad                    ether   00:08:74:49:06:08   C        eth1
polar                    ether   00:A0:CC:26:CB:BD   C        eth1
ursa                     ether   00:1A:A0:99:D0:90   C        eth1
cpe-70-112-96-1.austin.  ether   00:1D:A2:E8:41:05   C        eth0            ether   00:90:A9:6E:27:24   C        eth1
       +----- That is my WD  MBWE

After digging and digging I found a way to assign an IP address and a 
host name from the hardware (MAC) address in the dhcp3.conf file. Once I 
was able to determine the mac address, that was the key! So getting 
dhcp3-server up and running gave me the mac address. Then I was able to 
set the configuration file as follows:

# DHCP configuration generated by Firestarter
# Addition of host koala by CDJSYS 01/18/2010 from Chapter 3 of
# www.linuxhomenetworking.com

ddns-update-style interim;
ignore client-updates;

subnet netmask {
         option routers;
         option subnet-mask;
         option domain-name-servers,;
         option ip-forwarding off;
host koala{
         hardware ethernet 00:90:a9:6e:27:24;

At this point I was able to login and permanently assign the name and 
static IP to the device. I then removed the DHCP Configuration 
information from Firestarter and simply added koala with 
to my /etc/hosts files on ALL my systems and rebooted without 
dhcp3-server being invoked.

It appears to be working well at this point.



Jay Ridgley
jridgley2 at austin.rr.com
Registered Linux User ID - 9115
Registered Ubuntu User ID - 23320

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