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2515 - Creating DHCPv4 failover associations in NIOS


Your team has decided to take the first step towards DHCP service redundancy. Please create a DHCPv4 failover association, so other network administrators can leverage this redundant service.

Estimate Completion Time

  • 15 to 20 minutes






Grid Manager UI




  • Administrative DHCP access to the Grid

  • Knowledge of which Grid members will provide redundant DHCP services

Course References

  • 2004: Configuring NIOS DHCP Service and Properties

  • 2019: Configuring NIOS DHCPv4 Failover

Lab Initiation

Access jump-desktop

Once the lab is deployed, you can access the virtual machines required to complete this lab activity. To initiate the lab, click on the jump-desktop tile and login to the Linux UI:

Username: training

Password: infoblox

Initiate lab

To initiate the lab, double-click the Launch Lab icon on the Desktop.

Launch Lab

Launch Lab

Choose the lab number from the list and click OK.

After clicking OK, you will see a pop-up message with a brief description of the lab task. If the description looks correct, click Yes to continue lab initiation.

Lab initiation will take a couple of minutes to finish.

Once complete, you will see another pop-up message with the login credentials and the URL for the Grid Manager’s User Interface. Note that the credentials may differ from those from prior labs.

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  1. Creating a DHCPv4 failover association.

  2. Restarting Grid services.

Task 1: Creating a DHCPv4 failover association

Create a DHCPv4 failover association named D1-D2. Assign as the failover primary, and as the failover secondary.

Task 2: Restarting Grid services

After saving changes, you should be prompted to restart services. If not, please manually restart services.



Task 1 Solution: Creating a DHCPv4 failover association

A failover association is created by combining two DHCP servers into a failover pair.

  1. Navigate to Data ManagementDHCPMembersIPv4 DHCP Failover Associations

  2. Click on the Add (+) button

  3. This action opens the Add IPv4 DHCP Failover Association Wizard

  4. At Step 1 of 3, enter D1-D2 for Name

  5. For DHCP Failover Primary, leave the radio button set to Grid Member and click the button for Select Member

  6. Click the link for

  7. For the DHCP Failover Secondary, leave the radio button set to Grid Member and click the button for Select Member

  8. Click the link for

  9. Click Save & Close

    The following configuration is for our testing purposes in the lab environment.

  10. Place a check in the box beside the newly created D1-D2 entry and click Edit

  11. Toggle advanced mode

  12. Select the Failover Settings section and click the Advanced tab

  13. Change the Maximum Client Lead Time(s) value to 300

  14. Click Save & Close

Task 2 Solution: Restarting Grid services

Changes made to the DHCP configuration only takes effect after service restart.

  1. Restart the DHCP Service by clicking the Restart button in the notification banner at the top of Grid Manager

  2. At the Restart Grid Services window, click Restart

Alternatively, we can also restart services from the Members menu by navigating to GridGrid ManagerMembers or Data ManagementDHCPMembers

  1. From the Toolbar on the right, click Restart Services

  2. Select the radio button for Force restart services

  3. Click Restart

Note that the status of the failover association will display Failure until both networks and ranges have been assigned. This behavior is expected at the end of this lab.

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