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dhcrelay(8)                 System Manager's Manual                dhcrelay(8)



NAME
       dhcrelay - Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Relay Agent

SYNOPSIS
       dhcrelay [ -p port ] [ -d ] [ -q ] [ -i if0 [ ... -i ifN ] ] [ -a ] [
       -c count ] [ -A length ] [ -D ] [ -m append | replace | forward |
       discard ] server0 [ ...serverN ]

DESCRIPTION
       The Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Relay Agent, dhcrelay, provides a
       means for relaying DHCP and BOOTP requests from a subnet to which no
       DHCP server is directly connected to one or more DHCP servers on other
       subnets.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
       You must have the Berkeley Packet Filter (bpf) configured in your
       NetBSD kernel.

OPERATION
       The DHCP Relay Agent listens for DHCP and BOOTP queries and responses.
       When a query is received from a client, dhcrelay forwards it to the
       list of DHCP servers specified on the command line.  When a reply is
       received from a server, it is broadcast or unicast (according to the
       relay agent's ability or the client's request) on the network from
       which the original request came.

COMMAND LINE
       The names of the network interfaces that dhcrelay should attempt to
       configure may be specified on the command line using the -i option.  If
       no interface names are specified on the command line dhcrelay will
       identify all network interfaces, elimininating non-broadcast interfaces
       if possible, and attempt to configure each interface.

       The -i flag can be used to specify the network interfaces on which the
       relay agent should listen.   In general, it must listen not only on
       those network interfaces to which clients are attached, but also on
       those network interfaces to which the server (or the router that
       reaches the server) is attached.   However, in some cases it may be
       necessary to exclude some networks; in this case, you must list all
       those network interfaces that should not be excluded using the -i flag.

       In some cases it is helpful for the relay agent to forward requests
       from networks on which a DHCP server is running to other DHCP servers.
       This would be the case if two DHCP servers on different networks were
       being used to provide backup service for each other's networks.

       If dhcrelay should listen and transmit on a port other than the
       standard (port 67), the -p flag may used.  It should be followed by the
       udp port number that dhcrelay should use.  This is mostly useful for
       debugging purposes.

       Dhcrelay will normally run in the foreground until it has configured an
       interface, and then will revert to running in the background.  To force
       dhcrelay to always run as a foreground process, the -d flag should be
       specified.  This is useful when running dhcrelay under a debugger, or
       when running it out of inittab on System V systems.

       Dhcrelay will normally print its network configuration on startup.
       This can be unhelpful in a system startup script - to disable this
       behaviour, specify the -q flag.

RELAY AGENT INFORMATION OPTIONS
       If the -a flag is set the relay agent will append an agent option field
       to each request before forwarding it to the server.   Agent option
       fields in responses sent from servers to clients will be stripped
       before forwarding such responses back to the client.

       The agent option field will contain two agent options: the Circuit ID
       suboption and the Remote ID suboption.  Currently, the Circuit ID will
       be the printable name of the interface on which the client request was
       received.  The client supports inclusion of a Remote ID suboption as
       well, but this is not used by default.

       When forwarding packets, dhcrelay discards packets which have reached a
       hop count of 10.  If a lower or higher threshold (up to 255) is
       desired, depending on your environment, you can specify the max hop
       count threshold as a number following the -c option.

       Relay Agent options are added to a DHCP packet without the knowledge of
       the DHCP client.   The client may have filled the DHCP packet option
       buffer completely, in which case there theoretically isn't any space to
       add Agent options.   However, the DHCP server may be able to handle a
       much larger packet than most DHCP clients would send.   The current
       Agent Options draft requires that the relay agent use a maximum packet
       size of 576 bytes.

       It is recommended that with the Internet Systems Consortium DHCP
       server, the maximum packet size be set to about 1400, allowing plenty
       of extra space in which the relay agent can put the agent option field,
       while still fitting into the Ethernet MTU size.  This can be done by
       specifying the -A flag, followed by the desired maximum packet size
       (e.g., 1400).

       Note that this is reasonably safe to do even if the MTU between the
       server and the client is less than 1500, as long as the hosts on which
       the server and client are running support IP fragmentation (and they
       should).  With some knowledge as to how large the agent options might
       get in a particular configuration, this parameter can be tuned as
       finely as necessary.

       It is possible for a relay agent to receive a packet which already
       contains an agent option field.  If this packet does not have a giaddr
       set, the standard requires that the packet be discarded.

       If giaddr is set, the server may handle the situation in one of four
       ways: it may append its own set of relay options to the packet, leaving
       the supplied option field intact.   It may replace the existing agent
       option field.  It may forward the packet unchanged.   Or, it may
       discard it.

       Which of these behaviours is followed by the Internet Systems
       Consortium DHCP Relay Agent may be configured with the -m flag,
       followed by one of the four keywords specified in italics above.

       When the relay agent receives a reply from a server that it's supposed
       to forward to a client, and Relay Agent Information option processing
       is enabled, the relay agent scans the packet for Relay Agent
       Information options and removes them.   As it's scanning, if it finds a
       Relay Agent Information option field containing an Agent ID suboption
       that matches one of its IP addresses, that option is recognized as its
       own.   If no such option is found, the relay agent can either drop the
       packet, or relay it anyway.   If the -D option is specified, all
       packets that don't contain a match will be dropped.

SPECIFYING DHCP SERVERS
       The name or IP address of at least one DHCP server to which DHCP and
       BOOTP requests should be relayed must be specified on the command line.

SEE ALSO
       dhclient(8), dhcpd(8), RFC2132, RFC2131, draft-ietf-dhc-agent-
       options-03.txt.

BUGS
       It should be possible for the user to define the Circuit ID and Remote
       ID values on a per-interface basis.

       The relay agent should not relay packets received on a physical network
       to DHCP servers on the same physical network - if they do, the server
       will receive duplicate packets.   In order to fix this, however, the
       relay agent needs to be able to learn about the network topology, which
       requires that it have a configuration file.

AUTHOR
       dhcrelay(8) has been written for Internet Systems Consortium by Ted
       Lemon in cooperation with Vixie Enterprises.  To learn more about
       Internet Systems Consortium, see http://www.isc.org/isc. To learn more
       about Vixie Enterprises, see http://www.vix.com.



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