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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for dhcp_modules (opensolaris section 5)

dhcp_modules(5) 	       Standards, Environments, and Macros		  dhcp_modules(5)

       dhcp_modules - data storage modules for the DHCP service

       This  man  page describes the characteristics of data storage modules (public modules) for
       use by the Solaris Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) service.

       Public modules are the part of the DHCP service architecture that encapsulate the  details
       of  storing DHCP service data in a data storage service. Examples of data storage services
       are NIS+, Oracle, and ufs file systems.

       Public modules are dynamic objects which can be shipped separately from the  Solaris  DHCP
       service.  Once  installed,  a  public  module  is  visible to the DHCP service, and can be
       selected for use by the service through the  DHCP  service  management  interfaces  (dhcp-
       mgr(1M), dhcpconfig(1M), dhtadm(1M), and pntadm(1M)).

       Public modules may be provided by Sun Microsystems, Inc or by third parties.

       The Solaris DHCP service management architecture provides a mechanism for plugging in pub-
       lic module-specific administration functionality into the dhcpmgr(1M)  and  dhcpconfig(1M)
       utilities. This functionality is in the form of a Java Bean, which is provided by the pub-
       lic module vendor. This Java Bean collects public module-specific configuration	from  the
       user (you) and provides it to the Solaris DHCP service.

       The  Solaris  DHCP  service  bundles  three  modules with the service, which are described
       below. There are three dhcpsvc.conf(4) DHCP service configuration parameters pertaining to
       public modules: RESOURCE, PATH, and RESOURCE_CONFIG. See dhcpsvc.conf(4) for more informa-
       tion about these parameters.

       This module stores its data in ASCII files. Although the format is ASCII, hand-editing  is
       discouraged.  It is useful for DHCP service environments that support several hundred to a
       couple thousand of clients and lease times are a few hours or more.

       This module's data may be shared between DHCP servers through the use of NFS.

       This module stores its data in binary files. It is useful for  DHCP  service  environments
       with  many networks and many thousands of clients. This module provides an order of magni-
       tude increase in performance and capacity over SUNWfiles.

       This module's data cannot be shared between DHCP servers.

       This module stores its data within a NIS+ domain. It is useful in environments where  NIS+
       is  already  deployed  and  facilitates	sharing  among multiple DHCP servers. This module
       suports several hundred to a few thousand clients with lease times  of  several	hours  or

       The  NIS+  service  should  be  hosted on a machine with ample CPU power, memory, and disk
       space, as the load on NIS+ is significant when it is used to  store  DHCP  data.  Periodic
       checkpointing  of  the NIS+ service is necessary in order to roll the transaction logs and
       keep the NIS+ service operating at its highest efficiency. See nisping(1M) and  crontab(1)
       for more information.

       crontab(1),    dhcpconfig(1M),	 dhcpmgr(1M),	 dhtadm(1M),   nisping(1M),   pntadm(1M),
       dhcpsvc.conf(4), dhcp(5)

       Solaris DHCP Service Developer's Guide

SunOS 5.11				   24 Jan 2003				  dhcp_modules(5)

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