RIS Through Cisco
Posted 21 November 2005 - 10:55 AM
IP address: 192.168.164.2
Subnet Mk: 255.255.255.0
Default Rt: 192.168.164.1
DNS PRI: 192.168.191.11
DNS SEC: 192.168.191.12
Student POS (There are eight of them 10-80)
Wan: 192.168.164.10 (classroom network)
Lan: 10.164.10.1 (student's network)
Router DHCP Info:
IP address: 10.164.10.20-10.164.10.254
Subnet Mk: 255.255.255.0
Default Rt: 10.164.10.1
DNS PRI: 10.164.10.10
DNS SEC: 192.168.191.11
Currently, to provide the student RIS we have to remove the student router from the loop. The student WAN cable gets plugged into the student switch. I need to somehow configure the cisco to supply the DHCP address but foward the boot request to the RIS server. I have tried "IP Helper Address" and "next-server", probably wrong. Has anyone gotten RIS to work through a router without using DHCP Relay? I know that this is more of a cisco issue, so if anyone knows a good cisco site to try that would also be helpful.
Posted 21 November 2005 - 01:24 PM
I haven't had time to run through all your post as I'm quite busy at the moment, but it may be worth your while having a look at this:
It could be of use to you if you have your clients and either the RIS and/or DHCP servers on different subnets.
Posted 21 November 2005 - 07:54 PM
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Posted 22 November 2005 - 02:06 AM
I am running RIS with the usage of a Linux based DHCP function in my net. The formost important DHCP cfg for RIS (in order to work) is that
is authorized beneath the Site & Services MMC snapin (Site & Services, select the root object, from the view menu choose the "Show the services node",
choose services down in the list, then NetServices, within that list u should find the IP of the RIS box.) If not, then ur RIS machine is not registered,
authorized in DHCP correctly by Active Directory.
Dunno really how this adds up with / between Active Directory Site & Services and an external DHCP solution, but that is just the way it is..
Posted 22 November 2005 - 01:13 PM
066 (Boot server host name): server.domain.tld
067 (Bootfile Name): \OSChooser\i386\startrom.com
Those values in your DHCP server will point the BOOTP and TFTP requests to your RIS server. Note that even if you are using a Windows DHCP server, you should still add these options to your scope.
However, unless you absolutely NEED the Cisco to be providing DHCP for your subnet, it would be better to simply enable DHCP passthrough on that router, and configure a new scope for this subnet on your Windows DHCP server. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need a DHCP server for each network subnet - and to be honest, it's easier NOT to have multiple DHCP servers on your network. Having a backup might be necessary for single point of failure issues, but for most networks a single DHCP server with multiple scopes works just as well as multiple DHCP servers for each subnet.
This post has been edited by cluberti: 22 November 2005 - 01:19 PM
Posted 23 November 2005 - 06:22 PM
I have run into a second problem. When the CISCO is relaying DHCP, I can only have 2 computers booting from the RIS serve. IF I remove the router by placing the WAN cable in the switch I can boot 12 systems. In order to prepare a classroom I need to load 32 systems. I know RIS says that it can handle 75 connections, but I am not running massive system. How many RIS servers and what configuration would be best
Posted 23 November 2005 - 09:29 PM