I've already posted on configuring DHCP + Dynamic DNS for some operating systems.
I still claim that that's the only way to go for dynamic, trusted networks.
So after RedHat, Debian/Ubuntu, Windows, it's about time to stop the IP suffering with Solaris as well:
Make sure /etc/nodename contains the FQDN, e.g. "snoopy.ac.uk"
touch /etc/dhcp.<interface name> . There are two peculiar parameters I'm not fully sure about their meaning (how come they're not needed in other OSes?) - but here is what I used:
add "primary" (a separate line) if it's the primary interface.
Add "wait <seconds>" (a separate line) - I put "wait 60" to be on the safe side.
/etc/hostname.<interface name> should have the hostname inside. NOTE! It's the hostname dhcp client would send (Option 12) to the server for Dynamic DNS registration. According to /etc/defaults/dhcpagent, the format is "inet name", e.g. "inet snoopy"
That should be it, then. Please add your comments and corrections.
Update: added a new post on configuring Solaris, link below.
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This even leads to pitiful situations, in which people get used to referring to computer by their IPs (or using /etc/hosts), because the DNS cannot be trusted to reflect the reality.
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