LDAP Support in DHCP
Brian Masney <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Last updated 8/16/2002
This document describes setting up the DHCP server to read it's configuration
from LDAP. This work is based on the IETF document
draft-ietf-dhc-ldap-schema-01.txt included in the doc directory. For the latest
version of this document, please see http://home.ntelos.net/~masneyb.
First question on most people's mind is "Why do I want to store my
configuration in LDAP?" If you run a small DHCP server, and the configuration
on it rarely changes, then you won't need to store your configuration in LDAP.
But, if you have several DHCP servers, and you want an easy way to manage your
configuration, this can be a solution.
The first step will be to setup your LDAP server. I am using OpenLDAP from
www.openldap.org. Building and installing OpenLDAP is beyond the scope of this
document. There is plenty of documentation out there about this. Once you have
OpenLDAP installed, you will have to edit your slapd.conf file. I added the
following 2 lines to my configuration file:
index dhcpHWAddress eq
index dhcpClassData eq
The first line tells it to include the dhcp schema file. You will find this
file under the contrib directory in this distribution. You will need to copy
this file to where your other schema files are (maybe
/usr/local/openldap/etc/openldap/schema/). The second line sets up
an index for the dhcpHWAddress parameter. The third parameter is for reading
subclasses from LDAP every time a DHCP request comes in. Make sure you run the
slapindex command and restart slapd to have these changes to into effect.
Now that you have LDAP setup, you should be able to use gq (http://biot.com/gq/)
to verify that the dhcp schema file is loaded into LDAP. Pull up gq, and click
on the Schema tab. Go under objectClasses, and you should see at least the
following object classes listed: dhcpClass, dhcpGroup, dhcpHost, dhcpOptions,
dhcpPool, dhcpServer, dhcpService, dhcpSharedNetwork, dhcpSubClass, and
dhcpSubnet. If you do not see these, you need to check over your LDAP
configuration before you go any further.
You should be ready to build DHCP. Edit the includes/site.h file and uncomment
the #define LDAP_CONFIGURATION. Now run configure in the base source directory.
Edit the work.os/server/Makefile and add -lldap to the LIBS= line. (replace os
with your operating system, linux-2.2 on my machine). You should be able to
type make to build your DHCP server.
Once you have DHCP installed, you will need to setup your initial plaintext
config file. In my /etc/dhcpd.conf file, I have:
ldap-username "cn=DHCP User, dc=ntelos, dc=net";
ldap-base-dn "dc=ntelos, dc=net";
All of these parameters should be self explanatory except for the ldap-method.
You can set this to static or dynamic. If you set it to static, the
configuration is read once on startup, and LDAP isn't used anymore. But, if you
set this to dynamic, the configuration is read once on startup, and the
hosts that are stored in LDAP are looked up every time a DHCP request comes in.
The next step is to set up your LDAP tree. Here is an example config that will
give a 10.100.0.x address to machines that have a host entry in LDAP.
Otherwise, it will give a 10.200.0.x address to them. (NOTE: replace
dc=ntelos, dc=net with your base dn). If you would like to convert your
existing dhcpd.conf file to LDIF format, there is a script
contrib/dhcpd-conf-to-ldap.pl that will convert it for you.
# You must specify the server's host name in LDAP that you are going to run
# DHCP on and point it to which config tree you want to use. Whenever DHCP
# first starts up, it will do a search for this entry to find out which
# config to use
dn: cn=brian.ntelos.net, dc=ntelos, dc=net
dhcpServiceDN: cn=DHCP Service Config, dc=ntelos, dc=net
# Here is the config tree that brian.ntelos.net points to.
dn: cn=DHCP Service Config, dc=ntelos, dc=net
cn: DHCP Service Config
dhcpPrimaryDN: dc=ntelos, dc=net
dhcpStatements: ddns-update-style ad-hoc
dhcpStatements: default-lease-time 600
dhcpStatements: max-lease-time 7200
# Set up a shared network segment
dn: cn=WV Test, cn=DHCP Service Config, dc=ntelos, dc=net
# Set up a subnet declaration with a pool statement. Also note that we have
# a dhcpOptions object with this entry
dn: cn=10.100.0.0, cn=WV Test, cn=DHCP Service Config, dc=ntelos, dc=net
dhcpOption: domain-name-servers 10.100.0.2
dhcpOption: routers 10.100.0.1
dhcpOption: subnet-mask 255.255.255.0
dhcpOption: broadcast-address 10.100.0.255
# Set up a pool for this subnet. Only known hosts will get these IPs
dn: cn=Known Pool, cn=10.100.0.0, cn=WV Test, cn=DHCP Service Config, dc=ntelos, dc=net
cn: Known Pool
dhcpRange: 10.100.0.3 10.100.0.254
dhcpPermitList: deny unknown-clients
# Set up another subnet declaration with a pool statement
dn: cn=10.200.0.0, cn=WV Test, cn=DHCP Service Config, dc=ntelos, dc=net
dhcpOption: domain-name-servers 10.200.0.2
dhcpOption: routers 10.200.0.1
dhcpOption: subnet-mask 255.255.255.0
dhcpOption: broadcast-address 10.200.0.255
# Set up a pool for this subnet. Only unknown hosts will get these IPs
dn: cn=Known Pool, cn=10.200.0.0, cn=WV Test, cn=DHCP Service Config, dc=ntelos, dc=net
cn: Known Pool
dhcpRange: 10.200.0.3 10.200.0.254
dhcpPermitList: deny known clients
# Set aside a group for all of our known MAC addresses
dn: cn=Customers, cn=DHCP Service Config, dc=ntelos, dc=net
# Host entry for my laptop
dn: cn=brianlaptop, cn=Customers, cn=DHCP Service Config, dc=ntelos, dc=net
dhcpHWAddress: ethernet 00:00:00:00:00:00
You can use the command slapadd to load all of these entries into your LDAP
server. After you load this, you should be able to start up DHCP. If you run
into problems reading the configuration, try running dhcpd with the -d flag.
If you still have problems, edit the site.conf file in the DHCP source and
add the line: COPTS= -DDEBUG_LDAP and recompile DHCP. (make sure you run make
clean and rerun configure before you rebuild).