Saturday, April 13, 2013

Running DHCPerf on Ubuntu

DHCPerf is an open source load testing tool for DHCP-Server setups. The tool is capable of generating DHCP Client traffic with a customizable load. It comes in handy in stress testing scenarios.

I have tested it to work with Ubuntu 12.0 and Nomium's DHCPerf 1.0.


  • Download the  Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server ES3 (x86) version of DHCPPerf from here:

  • We need the Alien tool to convert the download RPM format file to debian package to be installed in Ubuntu.

  • Download Alien tool by running:

$sudo apt-get install alien

  • Convert the downloaded RPM file to Debian package format through Alien using the following command

       $sudo alien -k DHCPPerf1.0.1.0.rpm

  • The Converted Debian package would be placed in the same folder. Install it using the following command:

$sudo dpkg -i DHCPPerf1.0.1.0.deb

  • The DHCPerf, by default, gets installed into /usr/local/nom/...

  • To Run, navigate into the bin folder under nom and run the DHCPerf command:

./dhcperf  --help

to see the usage of the command.

Run WireShark and set the filter to bootp to see the DHCP packets on the wire.


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