FreeBSD PXE client not getting netmask config from DHCP server

vincenzo romero new2xen at
Tue Mar 25 17:16:39 PDT 2008

Hello all,

I wanted to check and test my PXE clients - where I have:

- Cent OS 5.1 - PXE/DHCP/TFTP/NFS server with the root-NFS-images
- client - FreeBSD 7:
uname -a
FreeBSD r02s01 7.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE #1: Mon Mar  3 21:52:54
PST 2008     root at


1.  My /etc/dhcpd.conf server has defined a gateway/router and subnet mask

cat /etc/dhcpd.conf
ddns-update-style interim;
ignore client-updates;

subnet  netmask {
# --- default gateway
        option routers        ;
        option subnet-mask    ;

        range dynamic-bootp;
        default-lease-time 21600;
        max-lease-time 43200;

2.  freebsd test server parameters defined as such:

host r02s01 {
  hardware ethernet 00:A0:D1:E3:58:38;
  filename "pxeboot";
  option root-path "";
  option host-name "r02s01";

3.  PROBLEM - when the client boots and I login ..... i notice that
the netmask it is configured with is ...

Am I missing something in my configuration?  I am not having these
issues (i think) with my diskless Fedora, Ubuntu clients ...

Any help will be greatly appreciated



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