How to serve multiple search domains from Cisco IOS DHCP server?

Cisco Jan 27, 2021

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The expected

[code language="plain"]ip dhcp pool
option 119 ascii,[/code]

doesn't work. So you need to encode search domains in hex using following example script written in Python:

[code language="python"]#!/usr/bin/env python
import syshexlist = []for domain in sys.argv[1:]:
for part in domain.split("."):
hexlist.append("%02x" % len(part))
for c in part:
hexlist.append("00")print "".join([(".%s" % (x) if i and not i % 2 else x) \
for i, x in enumerate(hexlist)])[/code]

Execute it:

[code language="plain"]$ ./

So the config in ios must look like:

[code language="plain"]ip dhcp pool
option 119 hex 036e.6574.0765.7861.6d70.6c65.0363.6f6d.0007.6578.616d.706c.6503.636f.6d00[/code]

It's done!


Jordan Ostreff

2G/3G/4G/NSA-5G/SA-5G Mobile Packet Core, Telco Clouds, Ericsson CEE, OpenStack, NFV, Orchestration, SDN, Containerisation, Networking IPv4/IPv6, Industrial Computer Networks, Mathematics, Engineering

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