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Date:      Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:15:03 +0100
From:      Chris Whitehouse <cwhiteh@onetel.com>
To:        Chuck Swiger <cswiger@mac.com>
Cc:        User Questions <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: domain required for FreeBSD install and isc dhcp
Message-ID:  <4F926C87.4060505@onetel.com>
In-Reply-To: <A4C2A0D1-077F-4E92-A5C9-3FB06A0C313E@mac.com>
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On 20/04/2012 20:56, Chuck Swiger wrote:
> On Apr 20, 2012, at 12:40 PM, Chris Whitehouse wrote:
>> I've wondered this for ages. When you set up networking as part of
>> installing FreeBSD one of the pieces of information requested is a
>> domain name. Also setting up dhcp.conf one of the fields is domain
>> name. What do you do if you don't have your own domain?
>
> There have been a few domains which are permanently reserved and will
> never be assigned elsewhere:
>
> http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2606.txt
>
> You can reasonably claim to be part of your ISP's domain, if you
> prefer. .lan might be reasonable, or .local, although the latter
> might conflict with Bonjour/Zeroconf.
>
>> I've never supplied a domain name when installing FreeBSD and it
>> doesn't seem to have been a problem. I'm just setting up dhcp for
>> the first time and I don't know if it matters here.
>
> It's mainly used to setup the default search domain which clients use
> to find local unqualified hosts.
>
> Regards,
Thanks Chuck, I went with .lan.

cheers

Chris



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