I'm living an installation nightmare at the moment.
We have a network of thin-client netstations with an RH5.1 proxy/bootp/nfs/everything server at it's center.
The netstations were all shipped out with identical MAC addresses, biiigg boo-boo. We've tried manually assigning different IPs to the stations, bypassing part of the requirement for a bootp server, but we're still running into problems when the proxy (squid BTW) is handling web traffic.
My question is, what if I assign the *same* IP address to each netstation ? They already have identical MAC addresses. I'm hoping the stations will start rejecting packets further up the IP stack, oops, wrong sequence number, bye-bye.
Obviously this will flog the network and the CPUs of the stations, but will it work ?
Or is there something magical in Linux I've overlooked that'll haul my ass out of the fire ?
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