Configuring a DHCP client is fairly easy. Once networking is configured, you need to point the startup script for your network card to look for a DHCP server. Once configured, your computer broadcasts a request looking for a DHCP server the next time it boots.
Naturally, you need to make sure that networking is enabled. Check your /etc/sysconfig/network file. It should include the following entry:
Now revise your network card configuration file. It s usually in the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts directory. If the network card is eth0 , the filename is ifcfg-eth0 , and the file should contain the following:
DEVICE=eth0 BOOTPROTO=dhcp ONBOOT=yes
There are two alternatives for the BOOTPROTO variable: bootp and dialup . These alternatives are almost self-explanatory; bootp assumes the DHCP server is on a remote network; dialup configures the device for a dial-up connection, such as to an ISP on the Internet.
Once the configuration files are changed, the easiest way to start your computer as a new DHCP client is with the dhclient command. The result should resemble that shown in Figure 24.13.
Red Hat has changed the name of its DHCP client a number of times in the past couple of years ; previous names included dhcpcd and pump .