CentOS 6 or Red Hat 6 | Install DHCP Server

By | 2012/12/10

On CentOS 6 or Red Hat 6, installing a DHCP server is not too difficult. I’ll show you how it works!

First, install the DHCP server:

$ sudo yum install dhcp

The configuration file (blank) is located here:


To copy a sample configuration file over for the production file, use the following command:

$ sudo cp /usr/share/doc/dhcp-4.1.1/dhcpd.conf.sample /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf

Next edit /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf as needed, then save:

$ sudo nano /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf

For help on the syntax see the Red Hat doc here.

After making changes to the /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf file as needed, one other file must be changed to specify the NIC that dhcp listens on.

$ sudo nano /etc/sysconfig/dhcpd

# Command line options here

Finally, cross your fingers, and start DHCP:

$ sudo service dhcpd start

If upon starting the dhcp server it fails, check /var/log/messages to look for what is wrong.

$ sudo service dhcpd start
Starting dhcpd:                                            [FAILED]

$ cat /var/log/messages

Dec 10 08:15:35 centos dhcpd: No subnet declaration for eth0 (

Dec 10 08:21:36 centos dhcpd: bad range, address not in subnet netmask

Good luck!