Recently I decided to install virtualbox headless on my server to have something to play around with. Ok… cool…
The installation went fine, creation couple of VMs also.
Also I wanted to have my DHCP server, controlled by me. So far so good. I installed isc-dhcp-server on host, I configured it just fine… but at some point I realized that there is something wrong in the logs.
Jan 24 02:11:00 server dhcpd: DHCPDISCOVER from 08:00:27:3f:03:fe via vboxnet0
Jan 24 02:11:00 server dhcpd: DHCPOFFER on 192.168.56.253 to 08:00:27:3f:03:fe via vboxnet0
Jan 24 02:11:00 server dhcpd: DHCPREQUEST for 192.168.56.106 (192.168.56.100) from 08:00:27:3f:03:fe via vboxnet0: lease 192.168.56.106 unavailable.
Hmm! Houston we have a problem! After digging a little bit, I discovered that there is rogue DHCP server in my network… At least now I know what I am looking for.
I stopped my DHCP server, I disabled virtualbox DCHP server (from phpvirtualbox… I know, I was lazy) and my VM was still getting IP address… Something is fishy here. Ok, then maybe something is wrong with phpvirtualbox! I decided not to trust GUIs, so I started with to play around with cli commands:
vboxmanage list dhcpservers
Note: And this was the output after disabling the DHCP server from phpvirtualbox.
vboxmanage dhcpserver modify --netname HostInterfaceNetworking-vboxnet0 --disable vboxmanage list dhcpservers
Ok… I checked it one more time…
ifdown eth1 && ifup eth1
The VM received the same IP address! This is going to be though, I said to myself…
VBoxManage dhcpserver remove --netname HostInterfaceNetworking-vboxnet0
And now, when I listed the dhcpservers the above command returned nothing.
Perfect… I checked it again:
ifdown eth1 && ifup eth0
Still got the IP… Fuck!!!
Ok… This is my personal server, is not in production, I can afford to reboot it… (Please notice that I was lazy again… I could remove and add back the virtualbox kernel modules)
Guess what?! After rebooting my VM was able to get the right IP address from my DHCP server!