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I am creating pools at work with the isc-dhcp-server package, and editing a very large /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf file. I don't want there to be any hiccups, so I'd like to visualize it on my Windows PC.

  • Must connect to isc-dhcp-server, hosted on a Debian console, within the same LAN subnet
  • Free (as in beer)
  • Must support all the dhcpd.conf switches (especially pools)
  • Syntax-checker for all the commands

  • Bonus: runs over SSH (for encryption)

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I found out that Webmin supports it, right out of the box.

  • Must connect to isc-dhcp-server, hosted on a Debian console, within the same LAN subnet (*It does, through a browser)
  • Free (as in beer) (Installed through apt-get with the default repositories)
  • Must support all the dhcpd.conf switches (especially pools) (It actually regenerates the DHCP Configuration files as you're changing settings - Including formatting them nicely)
  • Syntax-checker for all the commands (It generates the dhcpd.conf file as you're changing settings with the GUI)
  • Bonus: runs over SSH (for encryption) (Runs over HTTPS by default)

After doing an apt-get update && apt-get install webmin from the root login on the server, I could navigate to https://servername:10000. I did have to do another hack to get Internet Explorer 11 to let me in (self signed certificates), by executing certutil -setreg chain\minRSAPubKeyBitLength 512 while running the Command Prompt as the Administrator.

Once I got in, I could go in and change all the little settings I needed.

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