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DHCP Redundancy

Hi,

I have 2 IOs 4506 switches and would like to set them up for DHCP. The idea is to have the one switch's DHCP as a backup for the other.

Is this possible with single supervisors in each switch? I am currently running Sup 5 in each switch.

Thanks

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Re: DHCP Redundancy

Simon

If your objective is to have 1 switch actively assign addresses and the second switch not assign addresses unless the first switch is not doing it, then this is not possible. If both switches are configured with DHCP then both switches will actively assign addresses.

What you might consider doing is to divide the DHCP scope in half, and configure one half on the first switch and configure the second half on the second switch. This would allow both switches to offer some addresses.

Each switch would respond to a request and the client would decide which offer to accept. It is likely that some clients would wind up accepting offers from the first switch while some other clients would accept offers from the second switch. This would implement the redundancy that seems to be your objective.

HTH

Rick

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Hall of Fame Super Gold

Re: DHCP Redundancy

Simon

If your objective is to have 1 switch actively assign addresses and the second switch not assign addresses unless the first switch is not doing it, then this is not possible. If both switches are configured with DHCP then both switches will actively assign addresses.

What you might consider doing is to divide the DHCP scope in half, and configure one half on the first switch and configure the second half on the second switch. This would allow both switches to offer some addresses.

Each switch would respond to a request and the client would decide which offer to accept. It is likely that some clients would wind up accepting offers from the first switch while some other clients would accept offers from the second switch. This would implement the redundancy that seems to be your objective.

HTH

Rick

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Re: DHCP Redundancy

Simon

I am glad that my answer was helpful and resolved your question. Thank you for using the rating system to indicate that your question was resolved (and thanks for the rating). It makes the forum more useful when people can read a question and can know that they will read a response which did resolve the question.

The forum is an excellent place to learn about Cisco networking. I encourage you to continue your participation in the forum.

HTH

Rick

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