Not So Dynamic Updates

To deal with this unpredictable IP address situation, through the years, I’ve leaned heavily on dynamic DNS updates within my EC2 environments. When a host starts for the first time and gets configured, or any time the IP changes, the host will update internal DNS servers with the new IP. Generally this approach has worked well for me, but it has one complication.

If I controlled the DHCP server, I would configure it with the IP addresses of my DNS servers. Since Amazon controls DHCP, I have to configure my hosts to override the DNS servers they get from DHCP with mine. I use the ISC DHCP client, so that means adding three lines to the /etc/dhcp/dhclient.conf file on a Debian-based system