Subject: dns/dhcpd help
To: None <>
From: Michael Roark <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 03/19/2001 21:14:39
I have run into kind of a logistics problem that I hope someone out 
there can help me with. I am fairly new to dhcpd as an 
administrator, so I didn't expect to run into my current problem. I 
am the admin for a k-12 school district. I tired of trying to keep up 
with what ip's were available and putting new user nodes into dns, 
so I setup dhcp services. Thus far it is the best thing for my 
situation, except for one thing. I have to periodically review log 
entries for squid, syslog, and (of course) the mail logs for various 
transgressions against the acceptable use policy. Now that I am 
using dhcp, I can't just look at the resolved name. Given the above, 
what would be the best way, with the least amount of pain, to arrive 
at intelligible log entries?

I noticed when watching from the console, that the node sends 
what it thinks it's dns name is to the dhcpd server 
( Of course, dhcpd tries to resolve it, fails, and 
goes on to assign the node it's network info with minimal 
complaint. It would be nice if dhcpd would accept the machine 
name (foo) as the descriptor for the log entry, but I do not know if 
this is possible.

I have considered using authentication on the proxy, but that would 
get ugly, considering the student users and the added 
administrative overhead of having to maintenance yet another 
user/pass file. In short, I want to have my cake and eat it too.

Any suggestions would be great.