Getting DHCP to 'update' DNS records locally

Reid Linnemann lreid at
Fri Nov 30 11:37:09 PST 2007

Clint Olsen wrote:
> Apologies if this isn't the correct forum.  I'd like to configure DNS on my
> home network but make it work simultaneously with DHCP.  So, when hosts are
> plugged into the network and issued an IP, DNS is updated to reflect the
> hostnames.  That way I can refer to all my machines by name in all
> databases and I can avoid hardcoding IP addresses.  I know Windows allows
> name-based recognition even in the instance you're using DHCP, but I'd like
> it to work more generally with any type of machine on the network.
> The problem is, when I search for terms related to this, I get hits for
> DynDNS and all that stuff which is /not/ what I want.  I'm not trying to
> update a remote DNS record.  This is just a local thing.
> If there's a lightweight DNS server that comes with a DHCP daemon, that
> would be fine too.  I just need to know where to start.
> Thanks,
> -Clint
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I've also got an example of how to do this with bind9 and isc dhcpd. You 
can find it at

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