So I thought I knew how to set up my DHCP Server on my 3550 switch and reserve IP's for clients.

I go into the pool I need to reserve the IP in, but I do not have the address command as an option to do it like I have in the past on IOS.

xxx3550#sh version 
Cisco IOS Software, C3550 Software (C3550-IPSERVICES-M), Version 12.2(35)SE5, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
Copyright (c) 1986-2007 by Cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Thu 19-Jul-07 21:08 by nachen
Image text-base: 0x00003000, data-base: 0x00D45C28
ROM: Bootstrap program is C3550 boot loader
xxx3550 uptime is 1 year, 30 weeks, 6 days, 2 hours, 3 minutes
System returned to ROM by power-on
System restarted at 07:35:09 EDT Thu Oct 22 2015
System image file is "flash:c3550-ipservices-mz.122-35.SE5/c3550-ipservices-mz.122-35.SE5.bin"
Cisco WS-C3550-24-PWR (PowerPC) processor (revision L0) with 65526K/8192K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID CAT0937R3D4
Last reset from warm-reset
Running Layer2/3 Switching Image

Here is the DHCP pool config

ip dhcp pool data
   dns-server xxx.xxx.xxx.x xxx.xxx.xxx.x 
   lease 8

When i go into dhcp pool configuration I do have the following available:

xxx3550(config)#ip dhcp pool data 
DHCP pool configuration commands:
  bootfile             Boot file name
  client-identifier    Client identifier
  client-name          Client name
  default-router       Default routers
  dns-server           DNS servers
  domain-name          Domain name
  exit                 Exit from DHCP pool configuration mode
  hardware-address     Client hardware address
  host                 Client IP address and mask
  import               Programatically importing DHCP option parameters
  lease                Address lease time
  netbios-name-server  NetBIOS (WINS) name servers
  netbios-node-type    NetBIOS node type
  network              Network number and mask
  next-server          Next server in boot process
  no                   Negate a command or set its defaults
  option               Raw DHCP options

I just need to reserve an IP address for a specific MAC Address. I usually do Address xxx.xxx.xxx.xx Hardware-Address AABB.CC00.11FF

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2 Answers 2


There is a solution to avoid the multiple manual bindings.

Here is a link to Cisco documentation concerning DHCP origin and database files:


Essentially, you need a tftp/ftp server that records leases from the DHCP server in a database file (text file) on the Cisco device and reads the origin file (also a text file) in which you create all the manual bindings you need.

I use this as a disaster recovery tool in case of an unplanned reboot of the Cisco DHCP server:

  • The binding database saves the network from a DHCP storm and consequent Denial of Service against the DHCP server (self-imposed in the case of not having the binding database).
  • The origin file allows my static bindings to exist and can be edited programmatically as it is only a text file.

The above link contains examples and further reading links. For older IOS versions (back to at least 12.4) you can refer to similar online resources.

  • I guess this would be my solution, fortunately I have upgraded that switch now and have the commands available to get this done.
    – veel84
    Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 15:14

You have to create another pool with client-identifier and your Client ID, which usually defaults to MAC prepended with 01 (Ethernet client), or hardware-address and your MAC like this:

ip dhcp pool my-host
    client-identifier 01AA.BBCC.0011.FF

If you prefer to configure it manually, please have a look at:

ip dhcp excluded-address <first IP> <last IP>
  • Do I have to do a pool for each static IP i want to reserve on the server?
    – veel84
    Commented May 25, 2017 at 14:27
  • @veel84 unfortunately, there are no other options available, unless you try an external DHCP server :( Commented May 25, 2017 at 14:44

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