Raspberry Pi as DHCP Server

In order to run my Raspberry Pi as a PXE server I had to switch the DHCP server from my router to the Raspberry.

For this duty we are using isc-dhcp-server

Quite simple stuff, so lets start and get it.

At first we need a static IP on our raspberry pi:


comment out iface eth0 inet dhcp

add the following lines and adjust the gateway to your routers IP. Address and network can also be changed f.e. to address and network In this howto I will use my personal settings which are in a network


save the configuration and restart the connection


now we are going to install our dhcp server


and start the config:


my network is running on the subnet Adjust the IP if you want to use f.e.


almost done, lets start the DHCP-server:


Now deactivate the DHCP server on your router.

After that you can test it. On a windows client open cmd and type ipconfig /release and afterwards ipconfig /renew. You should now have a new IP from your subnet.

lets change the motd of our raspberry pi

Most of us will be using ssh to log into our raspberry pi. So lets change the motd to something more shiny:


delete everything


look for uname -snrvm > /var/run/motd.dynamic and comment it out (put # at the beginning of the line)


look for PrintLastLog and change yes to no


azeam of raspberrypi.org forums provided a nice code which shows some basic information of your raspberry pi and can be complete customized. You’ll also find information about customized motd’s at the following link http://www.mewbies.com/how_to_customize_your_console_login_message_tutorial.htm

so lets put in the following code:


save and go on with the next step:




go to the end of the file an add /etc/motd.tcl

save your work and test it



You’ll see I just added a custom text at the bottom, you can modify it however you like by editing /etc/motd.tcl


current state

Nagios3 status

This blog will be my personal documentation about the home server infrastructure and should as well provide guides and howtos about using the raspberry pi as a low cost home server for various duties.

Currently the network looks like this:


Raspberry Pi B+: Amarr

Samba Fileserver: 1 admin user 1 restricted user

torrent client


Raspberry Pi B: Gallente

Monitoring Server: Nagios 3

LDAP Server: in progress

Both raspberry pi are running on Raspberian which is based on Debian Wheezy. A router is providing DHCP and Internet for all clients and server, altough I will transfer the DHCP service to one of the server in order to use PXE Image distribution to my clients.

3 Clients are running Windows 7, one of them is used as a test client only. 1 netbook is using Windows XP and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 1 notebook on Ubuntu 14.10 and 1 subnetbook doesn’t have a hard disk, it is running Ubuntu 14.10 from a USB Stick.

There are also 2 cats providing entertainment as well as random inputs from the keyboard.